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Revised standards for the Missouri School Improvement Program will take effect in two years, the State Board of Education approved Tuesday.

It will be the sixth iteration of the Missouri School Improvement Program standards. The Missouri School Improvement Program has served as Missouri’s accountability system for reviewing and accrediting public school districts since 1990.

MSIP 6 includes six categories: leadership, effective teaching and learning, collaborative climate and culture, data-based decision making, alignment of curriculum and assessments to standards, and equity and access.

The MSIP 6 standards focus on “continuous improvement for all schools, the preparation of each student for life beyond high school, and the recognition of successful practices at the local level,” and “the importance of a safe, orderly and caring environment of teachers and students,” according to a news release from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

It also includes “examining what districts do to implement effective practices and sustain improvements while also increasing the focus on individual student growth,” and it will provide a basis to identify and address success barriers.

The current MSIP 5 standards will remain in place until two years from now to allow districts to transition.

The Missouri School Improvement Program sought input from stakeholders statewide on the revision, according to the news release.

Parents, teachers, students and administrators will have access to a survey to provide feedback on climate, culture, safety and expectations within their school district.

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