The Missouri State Board of Education says there's not enough data to approve Kansas City Public Schools' request for provisional accreditation.
The district says its test scores should be good enough to qualify for provisional accreditation next month when its annual performance review is released. But the district asked the State Board to act early, before the school year starts, so it won't lose more students to other districts.
As long as the district remains unaccredited, state law permits students to transfer to neighboring schools.
But the State Board declined to make a decision Tuesday, citing insufficient data. In a statement, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says the State Board will reconsider the Kansas City distict request when more information is available.