MO Senators Express Concerns About New School Accreditation System Impacting State Funding, Having Inaccurate Portrayal of Schools

Missouri continues to work to roll out its new system that reviews and accredits K-12 public schools.

The state Senate Interim Committee on Education is taking a look at the system, known as the Missouri School Improvement Program, to improve transparency, accountability and efficiency of the program.

One of the top changes is districts will no longer be solely accredited based upon performance, but instead by counting 70-percent of test scores and 30-percent of continuous improvement.

During a committee hearing, Senator Karla Eslinger, who is chairing the committee, said she’s concerned about the program change inaccurately portraying schools…

State Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven said the changes will impact state education funding.

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