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St. Louis-area school district loses accreditation

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri education officials revoked the accreditation of a St. Louis-area school district on Tuesday and dropped a southeast Kansas City district to provisional accreditation.

The Missouri State Board of Education’s action means the Normandy School District in St. Louis County faces a two-year clock to improve and regain accreditation or face state intervention. State board members voted to classify Normandy as unaccredited, which will be effective Jan. 1.

In addition, the state board decided Tuesday to classify three districts are provisionally accredited — the Hickman Mills School District in southeastern Kansas City and the rural Gorin R-III and Spickard R-II districts that both cover kindergarten through eighth grade.

Provisional accreditation calls for districts with a high school to meet at least six performance standards; full accreditation calls for meeting nine standards. Districts without a high school are to meet four standards for provisional accreditation and at least five for full accreditation. The standards cover academic performance and other factors, such as attendance, college placement and graduation rates.

The Normandy School District will be Missouri’s fourth unaccredited one, joining Kansas City, St. Louis and Riverview Gardens in St. Louis County. Normandy has fallen short in how many standards it meets for the past several years and most recently met five of 14.

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