KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — State education officials say the Kansas City public school district has earned full accreditation, effective immediately.

Tuesday's announcement means the district will be fully accredited for the first time since 2000.

The State Board of Education said district has improved its academics, instructional systems and has stability in its leadership.

Since losing its accreditation in 2000, the district has been provisionally accredited then lost that accreditation again.

The district regained its partial accreditation in 2014.

School district officials said the district has improved its four-year graduation rate from 68.7% in 2016 to 77.8% in 2021, as well as significantly increasing the number of students taking advance courses. 

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