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MSIP5 Performance Standard: High School (K-8) or College & Career (K-12) Readiness

The Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) is the framework for the State’s Annual Performance Reports, which 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 for K-12 schools), Attendance Rate, and Graduation Rate.

We’ve discussed Academic Achievement and Subgroup Achievement in previous posts, so today we’ll explain what the state means by Performance Standard #3: College & Career (or High School) Readiness.

Why College & Career OR High School Readiness?
Not all of Missouri’s schools and districts serve students K-12. The schools who do are held accountable for preparing their graduating seniors for college and career.

The schools and districts that only serve students through the 8th grade are held accountable for preparing 8th graders for high school in the district where they will attend it.

Six Ways Schools Can Show College & Career Readiness
For each of these areas, schools must either meet or exceed state standards OR demonstrate “required improvement”. The six areas where schools can demonstrate college and career readiness are:

1. Through the percent of high school graduates who score at or above state standards on tests like the ACT, SAT, ASVAB, or COMPASS
2. Through the district’s average composite scores tests like the ACT, SAT, ASVAB, or COMPASS
3. Through the percent of graduates who participate in in one of the above tests
4. Through the percent of graduates who earn qualifying scores or grades on Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or Technical Skills Attainment (TSA) assessments and/or receive college credit through college, dual enrollment, or approved dual credit courses
5. Through the percent of graduates who attend post-secondary education/training or are in the military within 6 months of graduation
6. Through the percent of graduates who complete career education programs and are placed in occupations directly related to their training, continue their education, or are in the military within 6 months of graduating

How Schools Demonstrate High School Readiness
For the schools and districts in Missouri who serve students through the eighth grade, high school readiness is demonstrated by percent of students who earn a proficient score on one or more of their end-of-course (EOC) assessments while in elementary school.

As with college and career readiness, that percent must meet or exceed state standards or demonstrate required improvement.

Was this post helpful? Then you might enjoy these Missouri Parent posts about MSIP5 and school accreditation:

5 Ways Your Student’s School is Evaluated for Accreditation
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