KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Public Schools District scored six points higher than last year. Now it’s closer than ever to the 70 percent it needs to get full accreditation.
For the teachers and administrators at Kansas City Public Schools, 92.5 is a number worth celebrating. That’s the score the district received from the state for overall performance in 2013.
"I contend that no urban school district anywhere in the United States has done what we're doing as fast as we're doing it, Dr. Stephen Green said.
It earned a little more than 66 percent for percent of possible points earned. It’s higher than last year, when the district failed to regain accreditation, but the score is not high enough.
“We have not crossed the finish line; in fact we are not even close," Green said.
Last month, DESE granted the district a provisional accreditation. It needs a 70 percent to make that permanent.
Out of more than 30 schools, three received a perfect score in academic achievement, attendance and graduation rate, among other things.
A handful of districts barely met the mark with a little more than twenty percent.
“We refuse to accept the phrase that we are irreparably broken," Green said.
Green said the district has a strategic game plan which includes more hands on supervision for individual schools.
The Board of Directors joined Dr. Green’s certainty that, come next year, they’ll celebrate a full accreditation.
“We have taken another big step toward that destination," Green said.
Despite lower scores, Lincoln College Prep made a perfect score and earned a spot on the Daily Beasts top high schools in the nation.
Meanwhile, other top scoring schools, like Liberty and Raytown, dropped points: Raytown by 13 percentage points.