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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • State board hears update on accreditation criteria change

  • The State Board of Education heard an update during their Tuesday meeting regarding proposed criteria for districts to be classified as “accredited with distinction.”
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  • The State Board of Education heard an update during their Tuesday meeting regarding proposed criteria for districts to be classified as “accredited with distinction.”
    Under the proposal, districts must earn at least 90 percent of the points possible on the current Annual Performance Report (APR), and APR status scores for all standards must be “on track” or “2020 target.”
    The classification will be made using each year’s APR from the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP 5) which includes the following standards:
    • Academic achievement,
    • Subgroup achievement,
    • College and career readiness (K-12 districts),
    • High school readiness (K-8 districts),
    • Attendance, and
    • Graduation rate
    Being classified as “accredited with distinction” is one of the highest honors a district can receive.
    “The proposal raises the bar and recognizes outstanding districts for their academic achievement,”  said Missouri Commissioner of Education Chris Nicastro.
    The department originally presented criteria for “accredited with distinction” in September of 2013 when the state board asked for further review by the department.
    The criteria presented during Tuesday’s meeting focuses on performance standards and is based on feedback received from committee members, school districts and other stakeholders.
    The state board is expected to vote on the proposal at its September meeting.
    The department also recommended a task force be implemented to develop a system that would recognize districts and schools that are using innovative or exemplary practices that lead to sustained high performance, significant improvement in student performance or significant gains in subgroup performance.

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