• MSIP 5 and You

    What it means for your student and your schools

    The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is implementing its latest set of standards that determine and ensure the quality of your student's education - the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) Cycle 5. Our schools are diligently preparing for these changes through changes in curriculum, teaching methods, technology and support programs. As our world continues to change and the work force becomes more globally competitive, it is our responsibility as a community to do everything we can to prepare our children for success.
    This web page is designed to bring you up to speed on changes to MSIP 5, help you understand what it means for your student and school, and to provide you with tools to help make education better. You may also learn more about MSIP 5 by visiting DESE's dedicated web page by clicking here.

    What does MSIP 5 mean?
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    What is MSIP 5 and how does it help my student?
    MSIP 5 is a set of standards used by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to make sure schools and school districts are providing students with an education that ensures they graduate with the tools needed to be successful in college or a career. It will measure students, schools, and school districts based five indicators of performance: (1) academic achievement, (2) subgroup achievements, (3) college and career readiness, (4) attendance rate, (5) graduation rate. The foundation of MSIP 5 is based on the state’s transition to Common Core, a set of uniform education standards adopted by Missouri and most other states to make sure the education provided to K-12 students in the United States allows them to be competitive for college placement and jobs worldwide.
    What are the attendance standards for MSIP 5?
    More than 90 percent of all students must attend every class 90 percent of the time.This means your student must attend every class and hour more than 90 percent of the time. For example, a high school student has to attend second and third hours 90 percent of time. They cannot attend second hour 95 percent of the time and third hour only 75 percent of the time.
    How is my student supposed to demonstrate they are ready to attend college under MSIP 5?
    MSIP 5 will measure college and career readiness through student performance and a variety of tests.
  • Students can:
    • Score at or above state standards on college-level tests such as the ACT, SAT, COMPASS or ASVAB.
    • Earn a qualifying score on the Advanced Placement test, the International Baccalaureate test, the Technical Skills Attainment and/or received college credit through dual enrollment with a grade of B or higher.
    • Attend a post-secondary education/training or enlisting in the military within six months of graduating.
    • Complete career education programs and find a job in occupations directly related to their training.
Why is MSIP 5 important?
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Why is this important for my student?
The requirements for MSIP 5 and Common Core will push school districts to make sure your student can compete for a 21st century job.
  • By 2018 (today’s third graders) in Missouri, 59 percent of jobs will require more than a high school diploma; there will be twice as many jobs available for college graduates than high school grads (1.8 million to 991,000 jobs); and jobs will require reading skills that are 100 percent higher than that of a high school grad (Lexile score about 1370 to about 975)
    What does MSIP 5 mean for KCPS?
    MSIP 5 includes a new set of accreditation standards that measure five indicators of student performance: (1) academic achievement, (2) subgroup achievements, (3) college and career readiness, (4) attendance rate, (5) graduation rate. Three distinct metrics focusing on status, progress, and growth (where applicable) are used to calculate a comprehensive score used to determine the accreditation level of a school district. 
    How does MSIP 5 impact accreditation?
    All Missouri school districts receive points based on student performance in the seven groups. Currently KCPS has met 19.5 percent of the standards needed for accreditation; our schools are nearing the 50 percent of standards met that are needed for provisional accreditation.
    What is the required graduation rate for KCPS?
    Students in a given Missouri school district must meet or exceed state standards or show the required improvement. The actual rate is set by DESE.
    What can I do to help my student and school succeed?
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    How can students help themselves meet MSIP 5 standards?
    Students should take the following steps to be prepared to succeed.
    • Attend school and every class every day. The state requires that every student attend each hour of class, and every school day, 90 percent of the time.
    • Read independently at least 30 minutes daily. This will increase literacy skills needed for students to understand classwork and tests. Also, it's fun!
    • Complete and return homework on time. Assignments provide important practice and allow for skill development.
    • Leave the electronic devices at home. Unless required, cell phones, mobile music devices, and games distract students from classroom instruction.
    • Set goals. You can't get anywhere if you don't have a destination. Decide what you want to do after high school and work toward that goal.
    How can parents help students meet MSIP 5 standards?
    Parents and family members can help their students succeed by taking the following steps:.
    • Communicate the importance of education. As the student's first teacher, they need your guidance regarding why education is important.
    • Learn about your student's progress through the Parent Portal. Keep an eye on attendance, assignments, and discipline.
    • Guard against repeated disciplinary infractions. Frequent suspensions and other discipline detracts from valuable time that could be spent learning.
    • Learn what your student is expected to learn. Teaching and learning are constantly evolving. Speak with your student's teacher often to learn what skills are being taught.
    • Avoid transfers. Each time a student transitions to a new school, the student's progress is delayed by two weeks. Continuity is key.