MSIP 5 Updates from the State Board of Education
The State Board of Education (SBOE) had a busy meeting yesterday. The board discussed and ultimately approved several issues during the meeting.
The board gave a presentation on the MSIP 5 scoring guide. The board did not take official action on approving the guide, but did pass a resolution showing their support. The presentation included more than 100 Powerpoint slides, which are available on the DESE website.
Schools will have multiple ways of achieving the standards including showing student progress and/or evidence of student growth. Because accreditation is based on multiple years of data, MSIP 5 will be used for accreditation purposes beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. School and district annual performance reports generated during the transition from MSIP 4 to MSIP 5 will be used to inform each school and district of its progress toward meeting or exceeding the state targets
The SBOE also heard a presentation on the proposed teacher prep program changes. The goal is to make the process data driven with common tools of measurement, much like MSIP 5. There will be higher standards for teaching candidates, as well as the institutions that recommend teachers for a teaching certificate. You can view the presentation here. In August, the SBOE is expected to approve an order of rulemaking that will spell out the specific changes.
The SBOE also heard a report on a proposed student growth model. This growth model will be used in the proposed educator evaluation, the educator prep program and the MSIP 5 scoring guide. You can view that presentation here.
Finally, the SBOE approved a pilot educator evaluation system. There will be extended outreach to districts about this project. MSTA reiterates that the state statute does not require a district to adopt the state model and districts should involve staff in developing an effective evaluation system.
The SBOE also endorsed a possible ballot measure that would increase funding for education. There is a possibility that an increase in the state cigarette tax could go before voters in November. If approved, 50 percent of the revenue increase would go to K-12 schools.