The Missouri Virtual Instruction Program (MOVIP) transitioned to the Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program (MOCAP) as a result of updates to Section 161.670, RSMo. Information about state funding for students enrolled in virtual education can be found in Section 162.1250, RSMo. Missouri students may enroll in MOCAP courses for the fall and spring semesters. MOCAP is not available in the summer.
What Is a MOCAP Course?
Section 162.1250, RSMo sets out the requirements for all virtual courses. Not all virtual courses are approved MOCAP courses. Courses listed on the MOCAP Course Catalog have been checked for compliance by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The local education agency (LEA) must vet all other virtual courses to ensure that statutory requirements have been met. In order for students to enroll in MOCAP courses, LEAs must have a secure method to send a student’s MOSIS ID and date of birth to courseware providers.
MOCAP courses have been through a stringent review process, including: • Course alignment to Missouri Learning Standards • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) • Data security review • Missouri appropriately certificated teachers • College Board approval of Advanced Placement (AP) courses in the catalog MOCAP providers have agreed to: • reporting requirements (including course completion and learning gains) • invoicing requirements • a price cap of 7% per semester and 14% per year, per course, based on the June State Adequacy Target Course Catalog MOCAP’s course catalog link, mocap.mo.gov/catalog/ displays contact information for providers to be contacted directly to register for courses.
An LEA shall inform parents of their child's right to participate in the program. Availability should be made clear in the parent handbook, registration documents, and featured on the LEA's homepage. Individual Learning Plans (ILP) or Individual Career and Academic Plans (ICAP) Students taking more than two MOCAP courses must have an individualized learning plan maintained in the LEA’s student records. An LEA may develop its own learning plan for students or use the ICAP that is available through the Office of College and Career Readiness under School Counseling. Phone 573-751-2453 • mocap.mo.gov • firstname.lastname@example.org 01/20 Phone 573-751-2453 • mocap.mo.gov • email@example.com
Student’s Appeal Process
There is an appeal process if a student is denied access to a MOCAP course. Please refer to Section 161.670, RSMo to learn about the LEA’s responsibility in the MOCAP appeal process. Parent/guardians must first work with the LEA before submitting the appeal to DESE. Parents/guardians may only submit the documentation provided by the local school board to the MOCAP Appeal website. The LEA will receive notification of the appeal and a copy of the submitted documentation. Only MOCAP courses offered during the regular school year are eligible for appeal. The appeal process does not apply to summer school or virtual courses that are not MOCAP approved.