Missouri ed officials recommend accreditation boost for 1 district; 2 others should stay put

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JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri — The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is recommending granting full accreditation to a rural south-central Missouri school district.

State officials say the Swedeborg district in Pulaski County deserves the upgrade, while the Jennings and Caruthersville districts should remain provisionally accredited for now.

The Swedeborg district was downgraded to provisionally accredited in September 2011 after it met none of the state's academic thresholds on standardized tests. It has improved since then and received a score of 94.7 percent in the state's last school performance report. The reports use test scores and other data to evaluate districts.

Jennings received a score of 78.2 and Caruthersville of 82.9.

The Missouri Board of Education is set to consider the recommendation when it meets next week. Provisionally accredited districts face extra monitoring.

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