Hello, KCPS families, friends, staff and visitors!

    Dr Mark Bedell

    As we enter into the second quarter of the 2017-2018 academic year, I want to provide some thoughts on our 2017 Annual Progress Report. First of all, it's important that everybody understands that our provisional accreditation status will remain unchanged. The 2017 APR includes several positive trends suggesting that we are headed in the right direction, including a graduation rate above 70 percent, increased aptitude in English language arts and science, and a college and career placement rate that surpasses the state's 2020 goal.

    We are also being transparent about our challenges and opportunities for improvement. We know that our academic achievement across the board must improve at a much faster rate than what we've seen so far. We know that our attendance rate must increase, and that's where our families can make a difference by making sure our students are at school every day classes are in session. We also know that our high mobility rates remain a significant challenge, as do shifting state standards and exams.

    I remain confident that our Strategic Plan will work if enacted with fidelity throughout KCPS and that we will achieve full accreditation in three to four years. As a community, we are in the midst of a great endeavor, and I appreciate every one of you who are joining in this effort to make sure our children have a world-class school system. We are built for this!

    Yours in education,
    Dr. Mark Bedell
    Superintendent of Schools