Kansas City, MO (KTRS) Missouri schools are making the grade. That’s according to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Annual Performance Reports, which was released Monday morning.
It shows that all of the state’s public school district’s qualify for at least a provisional seal of approval from the state. This is good news for the embattled school districts Riverview Gardens. Riverview Gardens and Normandy.
The report shows Riverview Gardens earning 74.6 percent of the points possible. The state’s only other unaccredited district, Normandy, scored 54.6 percent on the report. Under the state’s accreditation system, districts must earn at least 70 percent of overall points to be considered for full accreditation and 50 for provisional accreditation.
Riverview Gardens first sought to shed the unaccredited label after faring well last year, but the state’s Board of Education delayed action until more data was available. Riverview Gardens’ score in 2014 was 45.4 percent.
This year marked the first time Normandy reached the provisionally accredited range after scoring 30.4 percent in 2015 and 7.1 percent in 2014.
Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven said in a teleconference that she was “very pleased with the improvements” in the two districts. Although she declined to discuss individual districts’ accreditation prospects, an assistant commissioner said over the summer that Riverview Gardens was close to receiving accreditation.
The state Board of Education is expected to discuss accreditation in December.