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Report on Academic Progress

We are committed to our academic transformation efforts. The Shift campaign brings urgency to increase outcomes for students and improve district operations to support schools. One strategy is to improve instruction in core subjects by fully implementing Focused Instruction, together with the expansion of successful targeted interventions, we can change the performance trajectory for many of our students.

Results Summary:

  • Encouraging signs: It is important to recognize our successes and the hard work of our students, parents and staff members that contribute to our academic improvements.
    • We have reduced our proficiency gap to the state in math (4 percent) and reading (1 percent).
    • More third-grade students were proficient in math.
    • We have increased our graduation rates.
    • We have already exceeded our 2015 target for the percentage of eighth-grade students passing linear algebra.
    • From 2010 to 2012, we increased African American reading scores in all grades by eight points. 
    • The percent of English Learners scoring advanced or proficient remains steady (up 1 percentage point).
  • Kindergarten readiness: We met our 2013 goal of 82 percent of students participating in MPS’ High Five early childhood program achieving kindergarten readiness benchmarks in literacy; this is compared to the 69 percent of students meeting the literacy benchmark who did not go through High Five.
  • Attendance: From 2012 to 2013, the percentage of students attending school at least 95 percent of the time declined slightly to 58 percent from 62 percent.
  • Suspensions: From 2012 to 2013, suspensions decreased to 6 percent from 7.2 percent. This decrease over 2012 represents approximately 298 fewer MPS students suspended in 2013.
  • Graduation: Last year was the first year that we reported on the four-year, on-time measure of high school graduation. For the 2013-2013 school year there was a modest overall increase from 47 percent to 50 percent. The overall gaps among student groups persist: 70 percent of white students graduated in four years, compared to 37 percent of Hispanic and African-American students and 25 percent of American Indian students. Additionally, there are significantly lower graduation rates for students who are English Language Learners, 36 percent; special education students, 19 percent; and homeless or highly mobile students, 28 percent.
  • Gap to the state: MPS’ gap to the state has decreased in both reading and math. We decreased our achievement gap to the state in math by 3 percent while also increasing our proficiency. Our gap in reading remained the same, but we expect increases in both proficiency and gap closure based on positive trend data prior to the new reading assessment given this year. MPS continues to increase proficiency in science and this year also slightly decreased the gap with the state.
  • Advanced courses: The number of students passing advanced courses is up 5 percent over three years (38 percent to 43 percent). MPS’ graduation rate is 50 percent (66.4 percent for the seven comprehensive high schools). The state graduation rate is about 77.6 percent.