The state of Missouri issued new report cards last week for area school districts and charter schools.
They show most districts faring well, but here and statewide, the report showed a slip in the number of students scoring proficient or advanced on state tests.
Statewide, the percentage of students scoring proficient or better fell from 55.7 to 53.5 percent in English language arts and from 53.9 to 53.2 percent in math.
The overall report cards considered more than test scores, however. The “annual performance report” score is based 50 percent on test performance and the rest on measures of college and career preparation, attendance and graduation rate.
By that measure, 31 of 32 Kansas City area Missouri districts scored at the fully accredited level — earning at least 70 percent of the points possible — and 22 improved from a year ago.
Kansas City Public Schools fell just short of the mark, but has shown a steady rise in performance. It recently gained provisional accreditation.
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