The state school board has unanimously approved provisional accreditation for Kansas City Public Schools.
The board’s decision, delivered during a special meeting Wednesday, means Kansas City-area districts won’t have to comply with a state law that allows students in unaccredited districts to transfer to nearby, accredited districts. It also effectively renders moot a lawsuit Kansas City filed in December asking the court to grant the district provisional accreditation.
State Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro said the overall performance of KCPS students remains low, but the district won growth points because a “significant number” of students continue to move up from lower performance categories.
Board members said Kansas City has a lot of work to do but praised the work of Superintendent Steve Green and district teachers and staff for their work since the sudden departure of former Superintendent John Covington in 2011.