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5 Pieces of Missouri Educational Jargon Explained, Part II

Yesterday on the MOParent Blog, we explained Missouri’s Show-Me Standards and Common Core Standards in easy-to-understand terms. Today, we’ll decode the Missouri Learning Standards, Model Curriculum, and the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP5).

Missouri Learning Standards
The Missouri Learning Standards define what students should know and what they should be able to do in order to succeed in college, postsecondary training, and career. They are inclusive of the Common Core State Standards for English and math, and they’ll eventually include standards for other subject areas, as well.

Missouri Learning Standards are both grade-level and subject-area specific, and they’re aligned with the Show-Me Standards, which we explained in yesterday’s post.

Model Curriculum
The Missouri Model Curriculum is the result of a curriculum project lead by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The units within the Model Curriculum address state and national standards in all content areas, offering a model that districts can use (or not) and modify according to their needs.

Model Curriculum units were developed in 2012 by Missouri educators, and each one aligns with the Missouri Learning Standards and to grade- and course-level expectations.

Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP5)
The Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) is Missouri’s school accountability system. It’s used for reviewing and accrediting public school districts in Missouri.

Every school district and every public school in the state receives an Annual Performance Report (APR), and each district is granted one of four levels of accreditation: Unaccredited, Provisional, Accredited, and Accredited with Distinction. This blog post from Missouri Parent explains the Missouri School Improvement Program in more detail.

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