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5 Ways Your Student’s School is Evaluated for Accreditation


You’ve heard talk about school accreditation in the news, but do you know what it takes for public schools in Missouri to become and stay accredited?

The Missouri School Improvement Plan (MSIP) is Missouri’s system of scoring school districts. The Board of Education uses each district’s MSIP score (and other information) to determine its accreditation status.

You may also have heard MSIP referred to as MSIP5 — That’s because every five years, MSIP begins a new cycle. Since 2012, Missouri has been under Cycle 5, or “MSIP5”. Learn more in this short post.

Today we’ll review the five areas of performance that are evaluated under MSIP5. We’ll explain them in layman’s terms now, and we’ll go into more detail on each performance standard in future posts.

MSIP5 Performance Standards

1. Academic Achievement
Each district’s Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) test, MAP-Alternative (MAP-A) test, grade-level (GLA) and end-of-course (EOC) results are included in its MSIP5 Annual Performance Report (APR) scores.

Most students’ scores are used in a district’s APR, but certain exceptions to apply. We’ll talk more about those exceptions in future posts.

MSIP5 looks APR for the current year, as well as at APR improvement as documented over time. Those improvements can help struggling districts reach provisional accreditation.

2. Subgroup Achievement
To address the unique needs of all students, districts are required by MSIP to meet or exceed state standards — or to demonstrate improvement — in academic achievement for certain subgroups of students.

Subgroups include students on free & reduced lunch, students of specific racial/ethnic backgrounds, ELA learners, and students with disabilities.

MSIP uses the same tools to track subgroup achievement as it does to track academic achievement (MAP, MAP-A, GLA, and EOC results)

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3. College and Career Readiness (K-12) (or High School Readiness (K-8))
MSIP requires K-12 districts to provide students with adequate preparation for college and career and it requires K-8 districts to provide students with adequate preparation for high school.

In order to gauge college and career readiness, MSIP5 looks at a number of things, including ACT and SAT results, college credit received for courses taken, and percentage of total students who go on to college or military service.

To measure high school readiness, MSIP5 primarily uses results from End-of-Course (EOC) assessments.

Note: We’ll go into more detail on measuring high school, college, and career readiness in future posts.

4. Attendance Rate
For schools to succeed, students need to be in attendance. MSIP5 takes the attendance of each individual student into account when assigning each district its MSIP5 score. The baseline expectation for all districts is that 90% of students are in attendance 90% of the time.

5 Graduation Rate
MSIP5 includes graduation rates in its scores, as well. Traditional four-year graduation rates are considered, as are graduation rates for 5+ year graduates and for graduates who meet alternative/non-traditional graduation requirements.

Graduation can be achieved by completing any educational program that meets the graduation requirements set by the board.

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