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GROWTH• Since the Kalamazoo Promise was announced inNovember 2005, KPS has grown by 2400 students, or24 percent, among the fastest growing districts in thestate.• KPS has constructed two new schools in four years, Linden Grove Middle Schoolthe first two newly constructed schools since 1972,when “new” Kalamazoo Central High School was built.• In 2008, KPS started a dual language school, El SolElementary, in a formerly closed school, the old VineElementary/Vine Alternative. Prairie Ridge Elementary School
GROWTH • In 2008, KPS also created the Middle School Alternative Learning Program at New Genesis on the north side. • In 2011, KPS added a total of 23 classrooms at Hillside and Milwood Magnet middle schools.
STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT• Every KPS elementary school has improved itsreading achievement since 2008.• Last year, the Michigan Department of Educationsubstantially raised cut scores, the scores at eachgrade level in each subject that students mustobtain to be considered proficient on the stateMEAP tests.• With the old cut scores, from 2007 and 2010,KPS had improved an average of 7.2 percentagepoints in reading, more than double the state’s 3.0percentage point growth. KPS had improved 15.8percentage points in math, more than double thestate’s 7.5 percentage point growth.
STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT • With new cut scores applied retroactively from 2008 to 2011, KPS improved an average of 8.3 percentage points in grades 3-8, better than the state’s 6.2 percentage point growth. KPS improved 2.0 percentage points in math during the same period, compared to a decline of 1.2 percentage points for the state. • In 2011-2012, 178 percent more KPS students took high school Advanced Placement (AP) courses than four years earlier, and these students took 225 percent more AP courses. Economically disadvantaged, African American, and Latino students increased their AP participation in even greater percentages. • From 2008 to 2011, KPS progressed in 11 of its 12 Board of Education subgoals.
STRUCTURE OF SUPPORT• With four community partners, including thecounty Head Start program, KPS adopted thenationally recognized OWL pre-schoolcurriculum in 2008.• KPS expanded full-day kindergarten from 176students in 2007 to 928 students in 2011.• In 2008, KPS created a K-3 writing curriculum.• In 2009 and 2010, KPS educators createdchecklists for parents of what children shouldknow at the end of pre-school, kindergarten,and grades 1-5. The district sends parentsthese checklists annually, an outgrowth ofstrategic plan expectations developed by staffand community and approved by the KPS Boardof Education in 2008.
STRUCTURE OF SUPPORT • In 2009, KPS adopted a new math series for grades K-5, its first since 1992, and rewrote its math curriculum guides for grades K-5. • In 2010, KPS adopted a new math series for grades 6-8, and rewrote its math curriculum guides for grades 6-8. • In 2010, KPS middle schools moved from a seven-period to a six-period schedule, the first schedule change since 1985. The schedule change gave all students more time in core courses. It also permitted students below grade level in reading or math to take two courses in the subject area to help progress to grade level. Last year, more than 300 students used the additional time to reach grade level.
STRUCTURE OF SUPPORT• In 2010, KPS high schools moved from afour-period semester schedule to a five-periodtrimester schedule, the first schedule changesince 1999. The new schedule gives studentsmore opportunities to take AdvancedPlacement courses, meet Michigan MeritCurriculum requirements, and do creditretrieval. In addition, the new scheduleprovides more time on task.• With the support of a Kellogg Foundationgrant, KPS began parent education and familyliteracy programs at six sites in the communityin January and has expanded to other sites.The effort to become a literacy community isimportant to our work to create a college-going culture.
HONORS• In 2010, President Obama spoke at KalamazooCentral’s graduation, the result of the first Raceto the Top Commencement Challenge.• The year before, Vice President Biden spoke atLoy Norrix to highlight the importance ofeconomic stimulus projects.• Kalamazoo hosted the first and third nationalPromiseNet conferences in 2008 and 2010,respectively.• The Kalamazoo Promise and the efforts of theKalamazoo Public Schools were featured in anarticle in the national education magazine,Kappan, by Western Michigan UniversityProfessor Dr. Gary Miron.
AND MILES TO GO BEFORE WE SLEEPAnd yet, to paraphrase Robert Frost, we havemiles to go before we sleep. We have made agreat deal of progress….and we have a greatdeal left to make. Thanks for your support ofour children and our goal of makingKalamazoo a college-going culture.Together, we can make it happen.