HB 1023 Modifies provisions relating to school quality and creates the School Quality Task Force within the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Current Bill Summary

- Prepared by Senate Research -

HCS/HB 1023 - Before July 1, 2018, each district must establish its own operation and assessment plan to address school quality indicators, as described in the act. Teachers, administrators, business leaders, parents, and community stakeholders must develop the plan. The school board must approve the plan. The plan must describe how the district and each school will strive to acquire all school quality indicators.

After December 31, 2018, when the State Board of Education assigns classification designations to school districts, it may base its determination on the implementation of the district's plan to address multiple school quality indicators, as described in the act.

Each district must prepare annual reports that contain the plan for the most recent school year. The State Board of Education may review the reports and provide feedback to districts. Districts must disseminate the reports to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, parents, and the communities in which they are located. The Department must use the reports' information to prepare an annual report on the state of public education in Missouri and send the report to the Joint Committee on Education.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education must establish a "School Quality Task Force." Task force members are appointed by various individuals, associations, and organizations, as described in the act. Members must be appointed by January 1, 2016. Procedures for the operation of the task force are described in the act. The task force will study and provide recommendations on options for the following: options for comprehensive school quality indicators leading to student success; options for school quality review models; options for locally created assessment and accountability systems; and best practices in parent and community engagement. Before December 31, 2016, the task force must present its findings and recommendations to the Joint Committee on Education and the State Board of Education.

This section is identical to a provision contained in HCS/SCS/SB 172 (2015).


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