Friday, February 01, 2019
TKC EXCLUSIVE FACT CHECK!!! CELEBRATE KCPS ACCREDITATION FAKE NEWS!!! DO YOU WANT TO SEND YOUR KID THERE?!?!
In the early morning hours local news MISREPORTED info about KCPS winning accreditation as they stumbled all over themselves to decipher hype from school leaders. KCPS REMAINS PARTIALLY ACCREDITED despite several false reports claiming an EPIC victory.
Whilst we don't enjoy ruining a politically motivated party (yes we do) let's file this one under the "the soft bigotry of low expectations" and take a more critical look beyond the hype.
Again, "journalists" across the greater Kansas City metro touted "progress" of a district that has been decimated over generations and serves a fraction of the students it once educated during the glory days of this town. KCPS has a complex history and it's always worth noting that The Kansas City Desegregation Experiment had lofty and worthwhile goals but ultimately might have done more damage to education in the KCMO urban core than any other bad idea in local history.
Nevertheless, here's the good news today as newsies struggled to get their story straight and needed more resources for accurate transcription beyond early morning rumor:
Admin Blog: KCPS Earns 82.9 Percent of Points Possible on 2018 APR
KCUR: After Another Good Report Card, Accreditation For Kansas City Public Schools Seems Likely
KSHB who misreported this hype earlier: KCPS sees improved performance scores, hits full accreditation range
KCTV5: KCPS receives highest score ever on Annual Progress Report
KMBC: KCMSD earns highest progress report score ever, score in full accreditation range
Now here's the real story . . .
KANSAS CITY MEDIA HYPES "PROGRESS" FOR A C+ SCORE!!!
It's pathetic and would be funny if the future of youngsters wasn't at stake.
A few more highlights . . .
- Test scores are actually stagnant across most schools. Insiders suspect Lincoln Prep is, yet again, propping up the rest of the district.
- The progress on the point system was mostly due to graduation rates . . . It's entirely possible that this arbitrary measure might be due to administrators simply passing along unqualified students or taking a more "liberal" assessment of graduation qualifications. In Dr. Bedell's remarks this morning he emphasized attendance which remains a bare minimum measure of success but a vital benchmark for state scores.
- Accreditation is still far away and this kind of presser has been repeated over and over with little real progress when it comes it ENROLLMENT. Charter Schools have seen gains but overall KCPS is a pathetically tiny district despite a significant influx of population to KCMO within district lines over the past 5 years. Translation: Young families don't believe KCPS hype.
Here's the real test . . .
WILL THIS "PROGRESS" INSPIRE MORE RESIDENTS TO SIGN UP THEIR YOUNGSTERS FOR THE KCPS?!?!?
Please tell us why or why not . . .
The reality is that Missouri has been in a tough spot in their efforts to deal with this problematic district. A total loss of accreditation would push students to other surrounding districts and NOBODY wanted that . . . But year after year test scores remain low and the progress comes mostly from administration or clerical maneuvers.
Of course the district deserves praise because it's slightly less of a nightmare than in years past and Dr. Bedell has proven to be a capable manager. But the progress and decent test results isn't historic. Today mearly marks one small step forward to regain ground after tens of thousands of families have left the district behind.
You decide . . .