Missouri’s District Continuous Improvement (DCI) Framework integrates effective academic and behavioral practices into a framework for achieving exceptional student outcomes. Districts using the DCI Framework receive guidance, professional development, and networking opportunities which focus on building district capacity to select, implement, and evaluate evidence-based teaching practices; improve school-based coaching; and engage in data-driven decision-making.
The Region 12 Comprehensive Center conducted an evaluation to determine the differences in the processes and outcomes for Missouri school districts using the state’s DCI Framework and those using internally-developed approaches. Based on qualitative and quantitative data analyses, findings show DCI districts view the professional development, improvement-related materials, and overall engagement with DESE and RPDC staff as helpful. The report identifies issues and recommendations for refining the state’s DCI Framework to build district and school capacity.