Education Commissioner Discusses St. Louis, Kansas City Evaluations

Missouri’s commissioner of education said until three years of data are available from the St. Louis Public Schools under the state’s new evaluation system, she doesn’t see a move toward restoring control of the school district to an elected board. A special administrative board has run the St. Louis schools since 2007. Chris Nicastro met with members of the elected board at Harris-Stowe State University. After the meeting, Nicastro said she plans to meet with her staff, then respond this week to the Kansas City school superintendent about his request for a recommendation of an upgrade from unaccredited to provisional accreditation status. Kansas City showed marked improvement in its first evaluation under the Missouri School Improvement Program. St. Louis slipped back into unaccredited territory this year under the first year of the program. Moving from unaccredited to provisional accreditation would remove from the Kansas City schools the looming threat of allowing students who live in the district to transfer to neighboring accredited districts.

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