What Kansas City Public Schools can learn from new test scores - KCTV5

What Kansas City Public Schools can learn from new test scores

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The new superintendent of Kansas City Public Schools has said getting the district fully accredited again is his top priority. (KCTV5) The new superintendent of Kansas City Public Schools has said getting the district fully accredited again is his top priority. (KCTV5)
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The new superintendent of Kansas City Public Schools has said getting the district fully accredited again is his top priority.

New test scores give Mark Bedell an idea of the district’s academic progress, and the hurdles it needs to overcome.

The newly-released state exam results show KCPS schools have made strides in several subjects but have also taken a major step back in another.

Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the 2016 results of its End of Course exams.

The data shows KCPS students made good progress in most areas, including 14-point boosts in math and social studies.

English language arts scores went up 2.1 points.

But the test scores also revealed science as a subject that will need extra attention going forward, with the results showing a 7.1-point dip.

In a statement, Superintendent Mark Bedell said “Our students are climbing upwards and they’ve come a long way, but we have some opportunities for growth. We have a great academic plan and I am optimistic that we can continue to make growth in these areas.”

Bedell has stressed taking a non-traditional approach to education and making sure all children in the district get the attention they need to succeed in the future.

Mary Ellen Vincent has a daughter who goes to Border Star Montessori School.

“I’ve got hope for the district that things are going to go in the right direction,” Vincent said. “The new superintendent is working very hard to make things right. Working on accreditation, working on the scores, talking to the people, talking with parents and teachers about what can be done.”

Stacy Rogers’ daughter attends Central Middle School.

“I think the staff is better this year as opposed to last year. So that’s very encouraging,” Rogers said. “I’m happy at this point. What the future holds, we’ll just have to wait and see.”

To read more about the latest KCPS test results, click here

To find out more about Supt. Mark Bedell’s Listening and Learning Tour series of community meetings, click here

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