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Superintendent: KCPS on right track to gain back accreditation

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There are only two more weeks left until school is out for Kansas City Public Schools.

The district lost their accreditation more than a year ago, but Superintendent Stephen Green said they're on the right track to getting it back.

Administrators pushed preparation and an emphasis on data that they say pinpoint the progress of each class and even each student.

They're hoping to see an impact later in the year.

On Tuesday, Northeast High School students marched in lockstep in the district's first graduation of the season. Relatives cheered them on, as did Green.

"We feel they're ready, and it is going to be a celebratory time for the families and for them," Green said.

And there is cause for celebration in the district as well.

Nearly a year and a half ago, the State of Board of Education said the district wasn't making the grade and lost their accreditation amid concerns of low academic performance and poor leadership.

Green said the district has come a long way and data due out later this summer will reflect that.

"We predict that we'll do pretty well, given where we are in terms of the growth and where we want to be," Green said.

According to Green, the district must show improvement in five key areas including overall student achievement, sub-group student achievement, college and career readiness standards, graduation rate and the attendance rate.

The State Board of Education uses a 140-point system use to rate how the district is performing

KCPS currently ranks at 38 points. It needs 70 to get provisionally accredited.

Green says the district's focus on student preparation and data will yield good results come fall.

"We entered the testing phase pretty confident that we were going to know where students were, what they needed and how they were going to progress," Green said.

Under state law, if the district doesn't improve within two years of when it lost accreditation, it could be subject to a takeover by the state.

At least two bills were introduced during this legislative session pushing for a state takeover of the district. But those bills never got to the floor for a vote.

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