Kansas City Public Schools receives provisional accreditation

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Members of the Missouri Board of Education voted unanimously to allow a provisional accreditation to the Kansas City Public School District during a special meeting Wednesday afternoon.

The district lost its accreditation status in 2012, a year marked with some of the lowest academic scores in the district. 

The district scored in the provisional range in 2013 and again this year, according to the news release.

The 18 students who had requested to transfer to another district will not be able to do so. 

Members attributed academic growth in subjects like Math and English as a reason for voting for the provision.

There has also been an increase in the percent of students who attended schools 90 percent or more during the academic school year.

Members emphasized that the accreditation is provisional and the decision can be overturned at any time.

The decision was based on the district’s preliminary 2014 annual performance report.

KCPS preliminary report this year shows them at 61.8 percent of the points possible. This level was achieved by earning full points for student growth, which means individual students are improving from year to year, according to the news release.

The preliminary performance report also showed student achievement in the district fell slightly this year with less than 30 percent of students earning proficient of advanced in English language arts and mathematics.  

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