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KCK public schools sees 'unprecedented gains' toward proficiency

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Posted at 6:06 PM, Jan 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-06 19:23:19-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools has made “unprecedented gains” in two academic categories, according to new assessment data.

The district, which once was the lowest-performing district in the state, increased its scores on the Kansas Assessment Program by 2.7% in English language arts and 5.9% in math, according to the December KAP interim assessment.

Superintendent Charles Foust said the assessment shows “continued progression” on advancing students out of the “lowest performing level.”

“Most importantly, this shows the positive results of what focused leadership can do in each school throughout the district,” Foust said in the release.

Improvements, according to a KCK Public Schools news release, is “more than 10 percentage points higher than the 2017-18 school year.” Math scores also have “more than doubled” in a four-year period, the release stated.

Proficiency scores spiked roughly 4% year-over-year from 2017-18 to 2018-19, according to figures announced in October by the district, but KCK announced even greater gains. English language arts has jumped to 21.3% proficiency and math has jumped to 23.5%.