The Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) began in 1990 and is preparing to enter its sixth generation. A primary purpose for MSIP is to provide accountability for school district accreditation and to inform sponsor's renewal decisions for charter schools. While the accountability function is significant, the next generation of MSIP will bring an increased emphasis on continuous improvement of school systems. This emphasis is aligned to the department's vision, mission, goal, and strategic initiatives. Further, MSIP has been aligned to the Division of Learning Services' Theory of Action for Continuous Improvement. The most recent generation of MSIP (MSIP 5) focuses on student performance metrics - output measures. The next generation will continue to emphasize standards for student performance but will also emphasize leading indicators - inputs in economic terms - that will ensure healthy school systems and the continuous improvement process.
The Department believes high expectations, a clear vision and a few very focused, high impact goals will be critical to drive the improvement efforts necessary to bring about positive results.
MSIP 6 – Development Teams
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has reviewed current standards and indicators under MSIP 5. With significant participation from the field, those standards and indicators have been revised. The team lists and initial recommendations to the department are contained below.
It is important to know that a number of factors have caused the development of MSIP to slow after October of 2018. During the ensuing period, the department's focus on coherence caused a number of updates to the recommendations below. While the standards and indicators have been further edited for clarity, the most significant change has been to reorganize them into areas aligned to the pillars of the Learning Services Theory of Action. Updated documents will be supplied on this page following a presentation to the State Board of Education.
- Development Team Meeting Kickoff 4-12-17
- Development Team Meeting Summaries 4-12-17
- Development Team Meeting Summaries 5-9 & 10-17
This development team examined existing measures of academic achievement. Critical issues included content areas, assessments, and measurements of achievement, progress, and growth. Further, the development team evaluated the use of the super subgroup.
Climate and Culture
Climate and culture, the intangibles of a school system, are significant factors in student success. In addition to traditional measures of safety and expectations, schools that engage their communities in strong partnerships support the collaboration between the two. This development team made recommendations about how to evaluate and incentivize positive culture and community engagement for schools.
Effective Educators and Instructional Practices
This development team made recommendations for how to evaluate the strength of a district or charter LEA in regard to the instructional processes and educator practice. Areas examined were curriculum, instruction, assessment, professional development, and the educator evaluation and development systems. This team made recommendations both on how to examine these factors and on how to evaluate and report on them.
Effective and Stable Leadership and Governance
The Effective and Stable Leadership and Governance development team examined the issues surrounding leadership in districts, charter LEAs and schools. In addition to instructional leadership, the team examined issues surrounding governance and management, including policy, resources, strategic planning and implementation, and public engagement. The team made recommendations regarding how to evaluate and report on these issues in our schools.
Success Ready Graduates
The aim of schooling is to prepare students for success in later life. This development team made recommendations about how best to evaluate how a school system prepares its graduates for college, career, and life.
Systems and Processes
This development team examined the systems and processes used to evaluate school districts. Topics included reporting, review timelines and weighting of standards. The System and Processes workgroup is primarily responsible for making recommendations about the future of the MSIP system from a global perspective.