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New, tougher standards could adversely affect KC schools

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Missouri schools will face tougher standards starting next year, and a preliminary look at those numbers show it could have a big impact on schools like Kansas City, Hickman Mills and Independence.

Schools that score under 50 percent would be unaccredited, and those that score between 50 and 70 percent would have provisional accreditation.

Under the first draft, Kansas City, which is trying to regain its accreditation, scores only 19.6 percent. Hickman Mills, which has provisional accreditation, gets a 42.9 percent.

Independence gets 68.9 percent, Liberty gets 95 percent and North Kansas City gets 78.6 percent.

Schools across the state got a look recently at a much more difficult grading system to attain or retain accreditation starting in 2015.

The tougher standards wasn't the best news for the Kansas City School District, which had been working to get back to at least a provisional status after losing accreditation last year.

Under the current state scoring system, districts must meet six of 14 areas to be considered provisional. Under the new standards, schools are graded using a percentage system.

Superintendent Dr. Stephen Green said the Kansas City School District has receive the message regarding the need for improvement loud and clear.

"I've shared that with the principals and I've shared that with staff. I share it as we go throughout the district and the game plan that we have has been published throughout the district. We have a specific roadmap and game plan, just like we had with our old cycle, we had a roadmap and game plan. Now here's the new one," he said. "We meet with the state every month and we share with them on at least two occasions, here's what the data shows us and here's what we're prepared to do."

To help parents understand the new standards and to get information on how they can do their part to help their children, the school district will have a series of community meetings starting next month.

Click here for the draft of the Missouri School Improvement Program performance report.

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