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What Do Missourians Value Most About Education? State Officials Want to Know.

Missouri education officials are seeking public input to help with a revision of the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP). Currently the state uses the rules of MSIP 4 in school accreditation. When complete, the revised rules will be known as MSIP 5. Art Credit: KC Education Enterprise


Plans are underway to revise the accreditation process for public schools in Missouri. To inform this process, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) wants to know what Missourians value most about education. Therefore, the department is holding a series of meetings across the state.

Residents of the Kansas City metropolitan area will have the opportunity to observe a meeting next Monday at Staley High School north of the river. Anyone may attend. However, only those with invitations will be allowed to participate.

According to DESE Communications Coordinator Michele Clark, “An example of the principles that the 150 invited participants may consider could be where to place a value on a school district’s ability to drive academic gains among low-performing students in relation to the district’s ability to achieve overall proficiency within its student body.”

After department officials learn what values Missourians think the accreditation process should reflect, DESE plans to devise a way to measure how well districts are incorporating those values in student education.

The state school accreditation process DESE is revising is known as the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP). Currently the state uses the rules of MSIP 4 for school accreditation. When complete, the revised rules will be known as MSIP 5.

Staley High School in the North Kansas City School District will host the Kansas City-area meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at their Special Events Center; 2800 N.E. Shoal Creek Parkway; Kansas City, Mo.

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To read more about the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP): http://kceducationenterprise.org/2011/10/05/missourians-have-28-more-days-to-comment-on-new-school-accreditation-rules/

To read more about a similar effort to revise school accreditation rules in Kansas: http://kceducationenterprise.org/2011/09/14/ks-state-board-of-education-what-do-chocolate-chip-cookies-accreditation-have-in-common/
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JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.

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