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What is the Missouri School Improvement Program?

The Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) is the state’s school accountability system for reviewing and accrediting public school districts in Missouri. 

MSIP began in 1990, and has completed four cycles. MSIP entered its 5th cycle (MSIP5) this year. 

MSIP Cycles
Cycle 1: 1990-1996
cycle 2: 1996-2001
Cycle 3: 2001-2006
Cycle 4: 2006-2012
Cycle 5: 2012-Present

4 Policy Goals of the MSIP

The Missouri School Improvement Program has four policy goals, including articulating expectations for student achievement, distinguishing school and district performance, empowering stakeholders, and promoting continued improvement. Specifically, the goals of the MSIP are to: 

1) Articulate the state’s expectations for student achievement with the ultimate goal of all students graduating ready for success in college and careers; 

2) Distinguish performance of schools and districts in valid, accurate and meaningful ways so that districts in need of improvement can receive appropriate support and interventions, and high-performing districts can be recognized as models of excellence; 

3) Empower all stakeholders through regular communication and transparent reporting of results; and 

4) Promote continuous improvement and innovation within each district. 

MSIP Resource, Process, and Performance Standards

MSIP standards are used to review and accredit public school districts in Missouri. These standards are organized into three categories: Resource Standards, Process Standards, and Performance Standards. 

Annual Performance Reports (APRs)

Annual Performance Reports (APRs) are generated for every public school, district and charter local education agency each year. APRs are established based on each school’s Performance Standards, and they are used to determine appropriate supports and interventions needed at the school and district level. 

Four Levels of Accreditation

MSIP 5 articulates four levels of Missouri school accreditation. Those levels are:
Accredited With Distinction – Equal to or greater than 90% of the points possible on the APR and meets other criteria yet to be determined by the State Board of Education.

Accredited – Equal to or greater than 70% of the points possible on the APR.

Provisional – Equal to or greater than 50% to 69.9% of the points possible on the APR.

Unaccredited –Less than 50% of the points possible on the APR. 

Are you curious to know what your school district’s accreditation level is? This PDF from the Missouri State Board of Education includes a comprehensive list of 2012 Accredited, Provisionally Accredited, and Unaccredited schools. 

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