The Commission on School Accreditation is recommending the Gulfport School District be placed on probation for the 2013-2014 school year.
The State Board of Education will vote on the recommendation Friday.
The action is the result of Gulfport schools not taking two key standardized tests in the previous school year, the Mississippi Science Test, known as MST2, and the Mississippi Curriculum Test, known as MCT2.
For three years, the Gulfport schools have participated in Excellence for All, a pilot program for Common Core Standards, and Superintendent Glen East said the district thought the program exempted them from normal state testing.
East said because the district was teaching Common Core instead of MCT2 in the classroom, Gulfport students were tested based on what they were learning, not the MCT2 curriculum other Mississippi districts were tested on.