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Hale Cook Elementary School had gains, losses on recent Missouri state tests

Posted at 7:00 PM, Nov 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-16 20:00:31-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some parents at Hale Cook Elementary School are applauding recent test scores showing improvement in student scores in English Language Arts. 

But the news at Hale Cook is not all good. Math test scores dropped. Parents, teachers and the community plan to continue their efforts to engage community partners for continued success.  

In 2016, state testing in English language arts at Hale Cook showed a 66.6 percent proficiency. That number increased to 68 percent in 2017. In 2016, math scores showed 75 percent proficiency and dropped in 2017 to 47.2 percent.  

"The numbers don't tell the whole story," said Sarah Darmitzel, the parent of a first-grader at Hale Cook and a member of the group, Friends of Hale Cook.

Darmitzel said that the approach at Hale Cook is to remain consistent with school administrators, teachers, parents, and community partners working toward student success.  

Friends of Hale Cook will be expanding efforts to collaborate with other schools in the Kansas City Public School District to share successes and challenges and work together for excellence.