- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 8, 2016

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri education officials announced they will not recommend that the Riverview Gardens School District gain accreditation.

The announcement was made Tuesday. The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education gave the district specific performance targets in January that, if fully met, would have put the school district closer to regaining provisional or full accreditation, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1UESTJ2 ) reports.

The school district scored high enough on the state’s annual performance report last fall that Superintendent Scott Spurgeon requested an upgrade in the district’s rating, but the state board wanted to see further improvement. The board directed the education department to create a mid-year review process for the district.

The review included periodic assessments of curriculum and student achievement over five months.

Chris Neale, an assistant education commissioner, said Riverview Gardens demonstrated “admirable” improvement in the 2015-16 school year, but it wasn’t enough for him to recommend to the Missouri Board of Education on June 14 for a better rating for the school district. According to Neale, the decision to not recommend a change in Riverview Gardens’ accreditation status is not a reflection on of the district doing poorly.

He said the district is close to receiving accreditation.

Since Riverview Gardens will remain unaccredited, students may continue to transfer to school systems that are provisionally or fully accredited.

Spurgeon said that he is confident that the school district will continue with its strong performance in the next state report card, which is expected to be released this fall.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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