The Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program (MOCAP) has developed a catalog of virtual online courses for students. Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, 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 statutory requirements are met.
MoVIP has transitioned to MOCAP (Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program).
School districts and charter schools may register students directly with approved MOCAP courseware providers.
Private pay students may register directly with MOCAP courseware providers.
The MOCAP courses have been through a stringent review process, including:
Course alignment to Missouri Learning Standards
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1)
Data security review
Missouri appropriately certified teachers
College Board approval of Advanced Placement (AP) courses in the catalog
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.
Virtual courses must be vetted by the LEA or DESE to assure statutory requirements have been met.
In order to register 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.
Core Site License Agreements
The LEA is responsible for reporting its own student data into MOSIS/Core Data.
MOCAP courseware providers only submit data to verify enrollments.
Core site license agreements between an LEA and a courseware provider do not fall under MOCAP guidelines. In these cases, the LEA is responsible for course alignment to standards and educator certification, per 162.1250 RSMo.
Core site license agreements do not require progress reporting from vendors, as long as a contract is in place between the LEA and the courseware provider.
Core site license agreements do not fall under the MOCAP rules for MOCAP reporting, price caps, and appeals in Section 161.670, RSMo.
Do not enter a program code if the LEA has a core site license agreement or a cooperative agreement with another LEA, regardless of MOCAP status.
A MOCAP provider may offer additional courses that are not MOCAP approved and cannot be reported with the program code for MOCAP. Do not enter a program code for these courses. Simply enter the delivery system according to Exhibit 34 of S for Electronic Media or V for Virtual in the October Course Assignment.