Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Waiver The U.S. Department of Education approved Missouri’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver in June 2012, allowing the state to move away from using annual benchmarks, referred to as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), established by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and use one aligned system of accountability for school districts. Since 2002, Missouri schools and districts had been held accountable to both the state’s Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) and the requirements of NCLB. Implementing these dual systems simultaneously generated confusion for schools and the public, especially when reports from each system produce conflicting results. With NCLB, a school either did or did not meet AYP, resulting in an accountability system that did not differentiate among the lowest performing schools and schools that needed help in only one or a few areas.
Missouri’s ESEA waiver took effect in the 2012-2013 school year and will remain in place for three years. At that point, the state may request an extension of the waiver. Once Congress passes the next reauthorization of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the reauthorized law would take priority over Missouri’s waiver. Missouri School Improvement Program – Fifth Version (MSIP 5) Missouri’s single statewide system of accountability for all schools allows for higher academic standards and focuses on continuous improvement at the school- and district-level. MSIP began in 1990 and is entering its fifth version (MSIP 5), which will help Missouri to more effectively identify struggling schools, to efficiently direct resources to struggling schools and to recognize schools achieving exemplary results.
Through MSIP, a district's annual performance report (APR) is used to assess the appropriate supports and interventions needed at the school and district level. The new MSIP 5 system will be used during the state’s annual look at district performance and, ultimately, to determine accreditation. The performance standards and indicators used to establish a district’s APR include:
Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests
ACT and SAT scores
Successful completion of advanced courses
Career education placement
The 2013 APR, which will be published during the summer of 2013, is the first MSIP 5 APR that will be used to inform district classification recommendations. Three APRs, reflecting three years of performance data, will be used for classification recommendations. This means a district’s 2013 APR, 2014 APR, and 2015 APR will be reviewed for MSIP 5 accreditation classifications made in the fall of 2015.
Last Modified on January 31, 2013
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