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Provisional Accreditation: Hickman Mills Downgraded By State Board of Education

Art Credit: KC Education Enterprise; Illustration Credit: Image credit: anthonycz / 123RF Stock Photo; Logo Credit: Hickman Mills School District


Sept. 18, 2012


Members of the State Board of Education approved the recommendation of Commissioner of Education Dr. Chris Nicastro and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and gave the Hickman Mills C-1 School District provisional accreditation under MSIP 4. State board members approved the commissioner’s recommendation during their September 18 meeting.

Commissioner Nicastro discussed her recommendation with district administrators and C-1 school board members during a meeting September 17 in Jefferson City. “We want our children held to higher standards,” she said. “Our children can achieve at higher levels.

“We’re confident that can happen (at Hickman Mills!”

When the APR (Annual Progress Report) was released by the state in August, the Hickman Mills C-1 received seven out of a possible 14 APR points in 2011-12, down from nine in 2010-11. During the September 17 meeting, Nicastro said while she’s confident the district can reverse that trend, it is going to take time to regain full accreditation.

“We know this is difficult,” she said, “and we (DESE) want to be supportive.

“This is not the time to point fingers, it’s a time to link arms!”


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About jwmartinez

JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.

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