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Missouri Option Program

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About the Missouri Option Program

The Missouri Option Program permits full-time, public school enrolled students who are age 17 to 20 years and who are at risk of dropping out or not graduating with their cohort group the opportunity to earn a standard high school diploma. Graduation through the Missouri Option Program is not dependent on Carnegie credit attainment.  It is a competency-based program approved by the State School Board that utilizes a high school equivalency exam as an end-of-course event testing content mastery for graduation purposes.  The exam, sanctioned by the state for the Missouri Option program, is the HiSET test, developed and distributed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).  Additional information regarding the new Missouri High School Equivalency Test may be found at http://hiset.ets.org/.  Missouri Option students successfully passing the exam and completing all other program requirements are eligible to receive a high school diploma.

The Missouri Option Program has been adopted by approximately half of Missouri’s school districts and charter schools as an effective means to positively impact MSIP plans through the retention of students, the lowering of drop-out rates and increased College and Career and Graduate factors.  School districts and charter schools may participate in Missouri Option by submitting an application

For more information, contact the Missouri Option Office at 573-751-3190, 573-751-4426 or desemooption@dese.mo.gov.  

2014-2015 Missouri Option Program Application

Missouri school districts and charter schools planning to operate a new  Missouri Option Program during the 2014-2015 school year are asked to submit a complete Missouri Option Program Application.  The application period for new programs is open throughout the year.  

School districts and charter schools that wish to renew their existing Missouri Option program must complete and submit the first page of the application and any subsequent pages requiring updates (program locations, contact person, etc.).  Renewal applications are due by August 15, 2014

The 2014-2015 Missouri Option Program Application is now available to Missouri school districts and charter schools. After completing the application, save a copy for your files, click on the envelope icon at the top of the page and select “Send Copy” to: desemooption@dese.mo.gov.

For more information, contact the Missouri Option Office at 573-751-3190 or 573-751-4426 or desemooption@dese.mo.gov.

Missouri Option Workshop Information

HiSET Student Registration Webinar for MO Option Teachers

This webinar provides Missouri Option teachers a step-by-step walk-through of the HiSET student registration and payment process on the new Educational Testing Service (ETS) system.

Contact ETS/HiSET for assistance at: hiset@ets.org or 1-855-694-4738

Steps to Access the HiSET Registration System

In order to access the HiSET Registration System, a User ID is required.  An initial username and password will be provided to MO Option teachers/administrators who have provided their profile information to the state MO Option office. If you are a MO Option teacher and will be registering students to test, but have not yet provided your profile information, please submit a request to:desemooption@dese.mo.gov.

July 20-22, 2014: Missouri Alternative Education Network (MAEN) Conference

Missouri Option updates and workshops will be presented at the MAEN 7th Annual Conference being held at the Country Club Hotel & Spa, Lake Ozark, on July 20-22, 2014.  Registration and Pre-Conference sessions will be available on Sunday, July 20, 2014.

Missouri Option Staff Contacts

Dale Wimer
Supervisor
Telephone:  (573) 751-3190
 

Julie Carroll
Administrative Assistant
Telephone:  (573) 751-4426
 

FAX:(573) 522-1759
Mailing Address: Missouri Option Program
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480

Street Address:
Missouri Option Program
Jefferson State Office Building
205 Jefferson St., Seventh Floor
Jefferson City, MO  65101