Kansas City Public Schools on path for full accreditation - KCTV5

Kansas City Public Schools on path for full accreditation

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For the first time in 30 years, the Kansas City Public Schools District is set to become a fully accredited school system. (KCTV5) For the first time in 30 years, the Kansas City Public Schools District is set to become a fully accredited school system. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

For the first time in 30 years, the Kansas City Public Schools District is set to become a fully accredited school system. 

In an announcement Monday morning, the district said it has earned 98 points on the 2016 Annual Program Report. Districts must earn 70 percent of a possible 140 points to earn accreditation. 

It would be the first time the district has earned full accreditation under the Missouri School Improvement Program. 

"We remain on the right track," KC Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bedell said in a statement. "This type of revival by a public school system is very rare. Credit goes to our students, teachers, parents, support staff and leadership team, who have worked hard together to make these gains with integrity."

Kansas City Mayor Sly James said the announcement proves that if high expectations are set for kids, they will rise to meet them.

“I want to congratulate Kansas City Public Schools on this great step towards accreditation and I’m hopeful that KCPS will continue to do whatever it takes to ensure the success of their students. I fully support Superintendent Bedell’s efforts to continue pushing for excellence and I am grateful for his commitment to providing world class education in Kansas City, MO," James said in a written statement.

School board members and parents say it's taken a lot of hard work to get to this point.

"We've been in the basement and we're not on the first floor," said Kansas City Board of Education member John Fiero. 

The district said 27 schools achieved the necessary points to provisional or full accreditation.

That includes the district's seven high schools. Five of the district's schools moved from unaccredited to provisional accreditation. 

The district also earned 26 out of 30 points under the report's criteria for College and Career Readiness standards. 

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