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Kansas City School District believes progress made toward accreditation

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The Kansas City School District believes enough progress has been made toward student achievement that the district could regain provisional accreditation as soon as the fall.

The Kansas City Public Schools released the news Tuesday afternoon. The district cites student performance data, including state test scores.

Officials said the district is seeing strides being made in "end-of-course exam results for high school students and continued achievement in college and career readiness."

The district is currently unaccredited and could face a state takeover next year.

Superintendent Stephen Green said he is encouraged by the preliminary results, but is not satisfied.

"Much works remains to be done to continue increasing student achievement," Green said in the statement. "The early returns look promising and we still need to receive the final data, but we appear close to qualifying for our short-term goal of provisional accreditation."

The district has submitted revised data to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which it believes supports its claim of improved performance.

"Secondary school assessments show increased student performance in four of the five end-of-course exams administered to high school students this spring," the news release said. "The growth occurred in the algebra I, biology, English 2 and government exams."

The district said it is seeing strong outcomes in the area of college and career readiness.

The state education board will make the final decision on the district's future.

The state has given the district until next year to regain provisional accreditation or face a state takeover. The Missouri General Assembly last year failed to pass legislation that would have allowed for an immediate takeover. Republican legislators tied the school district takeover legislation to other education issues, spelling its doom.

But the legislation passed this year, and it is waiting Gov. Jay Nixon's signature. Nixon is expected to sign it, but it wouldn't take effect until the end of August.

Green and other district officials believe the state should continue to allow for local control.

"As a community, we must use these strong gains as a stepping stone. They cannot be seen as a finish line," the superintendent said. "We will be relentless in our persistence toward increasing student achievement. These results show we are on the way to that outcome."

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