The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has announced results of its accred­i­ta­tion review for Missouri pub­lic schools. The Annual Performance Report awards the Kansas City Public Schools a total of 84 points out of a pos­si­ble 140, which is 60 per­cent.

The DESE chart below shows points award­ed for each of the five cat­e­gories of accred­i­ta­tion. It can be seen that per­for­mance was best on Standards 3, 4 and 5 which are per­cent­ages of stu­dents in admin­is­tra­tive cat­e­gories. Scores on Standards 1 and 2, eval­u­a­tions of aca­d­e­m­ic per­for­mance, are weak­er with 42 and 46 per­cent of pos­si­ble points earned. While the per­cent­ages are above the min­i­mum for con­di­tion­al accred­i­ta­tion, oth­er fac­tors may also be tak­en into account.

DESE Chart

Do the Right Thing for Kids rec­om­mends an arti­cle by Steve Bell of KCUR dis­cussing some of the issues that the State Board will take into account in mak­ing a final deci­sion.

Do the Right Thing for Kids is fur­ther ana­lyz­ing the data and will be stat­ing its find­ings and con­clu­sions soon. Our posi­tion will be influ­enced not only by the DESE report but also by the ACT scores announced in the Kansas City Star “Neighborhood News” sec­tion on August 27 show­ing the Kansas City Public School scores the low­est in the area [link includes very small ACT score chart graph­ic].

Download the full DESE Report for Kansas City from our site (.doc for­mat).

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