Education Chief Won't Recommend KC Accreditation Boost

6 years 3 weeks 4 days ago Thursday, September 26 2013 Sep 26, 2013 Thursday, September 26, 2013 5:16:00 PM CDT September 26, 2013 in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY - Missouri's top education official won't recommend that the unaccredited Kansas City school district regain partial accreditation.

Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro notified the district of her position Thursday. The Missouri State Board of Education will make the final decision, but it's unclear when that will happen.

The district says it deserves an accreditation upgrade because a recently released state performance report shows it's scoring in the provisionally accredited range. The report uses test scores and other data to evaluate districts.

Dropping the unaccredited label would prevent students from using a state law to transfer to accredited school systems nearby. So far a pending court case is preventing Kansas City transfers. The Missouri Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in that case next week.

The Kansas City district didn't immediately comment.

 

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