KCPS schools gain full accreditation.
Mass Appeal Wire Reports
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Round of applause please. It took awhile. But, for the first time in 30 years, Kansas City Public Schools are celebratory owners of full academic accreditation. Low test scores and high dropout rates have crippled the district for decades. Not to mention the revolving door of superintendents. “We know this has been a long road traveled, but this district has arrived,” said KCPS superintendent Dr. Mark Bedell who made the big announcement Monday during a news conference at Wendell Phillips Elementary.
“We also know we have a lot of work to do.”
KCPS Supt. Mark Bedell all smiles as he announces 70% APR from state – that's within full accreditation range. pic.twitter.com/ZwlJgIrCjM
— Elle Moxley (@ellemoxley) November 7, 2016
Students and teachers can gloat over a huge improvement on their annual academic progress report, a score that’s gone from 22 to 98 percent. “We have proven, that when we come together, regardless of whom our superintendent is, this school system can be successful.” said parent Jameka Kendrix.
Now the hard part. Bedell expects to win back the hundreds of students and families who have hopped the fence for greener academic pastures. It’s a process. But, so far, more than 400 families have contacted the district to express interest. KCPS currently serves 18,000 students.
“We have been transparent for our opportunities for improvement,” Dr. Bedell said. “That will continue to be the case as we strive to build the high-quality school system our students deserve.”
The 30-year curse has been exorcised.