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Hickman Mills School District Closer To Full Accreditation

Brad Wilson

The Hickman Mills School District in south Kansas City, Mo., appears to be inching closer to full accreditation.

Hickman Mills lost its full accreditation after several years of dismal test scores.

At the State Board of Education meeting Thursday Hickman Mills and two other districts updated their improvement plans.

Between the 2012-13 school year and 2013-2014 Hickman Mills made huge improvements on test scores and college and career readiness.

According to test scores provided by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Hickman Mills made great progress in English and science but still severely lags in math performance.

DESE says the state board will hear another report in August and there’s the possibility that a vote to fully accredit Hickman Mills could come in the fall.

Hickman spokesperson Ruth Terrell says the district is working towards full accreditation and expects to emerge from provisional status in the fall.

Two other districts made presentations to the board.

The Jennings School District is provisionally accredited. Riverview Gardens is unaccredited. Both are in St. Louis County.

“This is a step in the process to ensure that these districts are on the right track and taking necessary steps toward full accreditation,” Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven said in a statement. “We will continue to work closely with them to ensure students are provided a high-quality education.”

Hickman is one of the few districts in Missouri with nearly 100 percent of four-year-olds enrolled in a district run pre-k program.

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