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Academic Achievement & School Accreditation in Missouri

Missouri aims to reach a Top 10 ranking in the US in public education by the year 2020. In order to measure progress toward that goal, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education calculates an Annual Performance Report score (APR) for every school and every district in the state.

The Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) is the framework for the State’s APRs, and the resulting APR scores are used — along with other information — to determine each district’s accreditation status.

Not sure what MSIP is? Read this short post.

Under MSIP, there are five distinctive Performance Standards; Academic Achievement, Subgroup Achievement, High School Readiness (K-8) or College and Career Readiness (K-12), Attendance Rate, and Graduation Rate.

Each of these five Performance Standards earns a Status Score, a Progress Score, and a Growth Score. Those scores are included in each school’s APR scoring matrix. We’ll talk more about Status, Progress, and Growth Scores in a future post.

Today, we’ll focus on the first of the five Performance Standards: Academic Achievement.

As a parent, you probably already know that your child takes the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests in school. You may not have realized that his or her MAP scores are taken into consideration when determining the accreditation status of his or her school district.

In fact, MAP scores are one of the primary measurements for a district’s Academic Achievement. These scores include grade-level assessments (GLA), end-of-course (EOC), and MAP-alternate (MAP-A assessments).

In order for districts to achieve or maintain accreditation, their students must meet or exceed state standards or show demonstrated improvement over time on MAP, GLA, EOC, or MAP-A assessments.

The state requires that 95% (or more) of the students within each school or district take MAP assessments. In order to account for the needs of students who fall into higher risk or special needs categories, MSIP5 also monitors Subgroup Achievement. We’ll explore Subgroup Achievement more in a future post.

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