KCPS remains unaccredited, board takes no action

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City Public Schools will remain unaccredited as Missouri State Board of Education decided Tuesday to take no action on the districts request for provisional accreditation.

Kansas City Public Schools have been working towards provisional accreditation for almost two years, since losing state accreditation in January of 2012.  It had only met three of the 14 MAP testing standards

Since that time, the district has been working with the state, school board members and parents to find ways to improve. At one point Mayor Sly James suggested a mayoral take over, but that plan fell through.

In June of 2013, the district started to gain some confidence when early test results showed improvement. But the state board of education still says the progress is not good enough.

The decision by the State Board not to rule on provisional accreditation means thousands of students could transfer out of the district which would put pressure on surrounding districts.

In a statement to the media Tuesday, Dr. R Stephen Green, the KCPS superintendent, remained optimistic toward the district's future, and believes Tuesday non-decision will give the district more time to prove their case to the state board on why they should be giving provisional accreditation.

"The issue of this school system's accreditation will ultimately impact thousands of children across our city and region, and today's consideration demonstrated the board's willingness to thoroughly vet our request," Green said in the statement, finishing, "we can't let up now."

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education had earlier noted that it would not recommend the change in accreditation status for Kansas City, stating in a release that while the district had improved in three of four areas from prior years, 70 percent of students were not reading our show math skills at grade level.

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