The Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program (MOCAP) is in the process of developing a catalog of virtual online courses for students. Students will be able to take an entire course from any Internet-connected computer, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. MOCAP's mission is to offer Missouri students equal access to a wide range of high quality courses, flexibility in scheduling, and interactive online learning. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the State Board of Education oversee administration and quality assurance activities such as related content and delivery of courses. Local Education Agencies (LEAs) that provide virtual education outside of MOCAP are responsible for ensuring alignment and other statuory requirements are met.
The 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 certified teachers
College Board approval of Advanced Placement (AP) courses in the catalog
MoVIP has transitioned to MOCAP (Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program).
Districts will enroll students directly with approved MOCAP courseware providers.
Private pay students may enroll directly with MOCAP courseware providers.
MOCAP allows Missouri to
expand the range of courses and opportunities offered to students
offer courses for students where there are no qualified teachers to teach the course
offer students a course not offered by their school district
provide courses for students who have schedules that prevent them from taking a course when it is offered
present high quality instruction to students who are in alternative education settings or on home and hospital instruction
provide additional support and extended time to students who failed to achieve in regular courses
provide equity across programs and school in the quality of instruction MOCAP offers “any time, any place” learning for Missouri students
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). All other virtual courses must be vetted by the LEA to assure statutory requirements have been met. In order to enroll in MOCAP courses, LEAs must have a secure method to send student MOSIS ID and date of birth to courseware providers in order to track student data.
The MOCAP providers have agreed to:
reporting requirements (including course completion and learning gains)
a price cap per course of 7% per semester and 14% per year, based on the June State Adequacy Target