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New Accreditation Scoring Guide Now Available for Missouri Districts

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Missouri now has a scoring guide to accompany its new accreditation standards.

Starting May 1 and continuing through the summer, educators will be attending a series of informational meetings and webinars to learn about the new guide and how it will apply to their districts.

State Board of Education members heard a report about the scoring guide during their meeting earlier this week.

Starting last December, Missouri has had a new set of accreditation standards, which are called MSIP 5. That acronym stands for version number five of the Missouri School Improvement Program. Since the 1950s, the state board has held districts accountable for meeting its standards in order to retain accreditation.

According to the State Board of Education, the reason for the change to a new set of standards is to move up academically from the middle tier of states. By the year 2020, the board would like to see Missouri schools ranked among the top 10 nationwide. Top 10 by 20 is the name the state Board of Education has given to this effort.

In the metro area, the Kansas City, Missouri School District is working to regain accreditation, which it lost at the beginning of this year. In addition, the Hickman Mills School District has been struggling and is in danger of losing its accreditation.

The state board met Monday and Tuesday, April 16-17, in Jefferson City.

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About jwmartinez

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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