Tony Tagliavia | Media Manager –Milwaukee Public schools
MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Public Schools’ Commitment Schools initiative is showing signs of improving reading and mathematics achievement in kindergarten through 8th grade, according to early results that will be presented to the Milwaukee Board of School Directors March 17.
The Commitment Schools initiative, which is in its first year of implementation, is aimed at transforming underperforming schools into high-performing schools through increased resources to support school-specific rigorous academic and behavioral interventions with the ultimate goal of achieving greater college and career readiness.
In reading, students in eight of nine grade levels are on track to meet the district goal of narrowing the achievement gap by 5% by spring, as indicated by district test data. In math, six of nine grade levels are on track to meet the goal. The gap is defined as the difference between the current scores at each grade level and the scores needed to predict proficiency in the subject area as measured by state assessments. Narrowing the gap means the students’ achievement levels are growing faster than average.
“This is our first look at the progress we are making in our Commitment Schools and we are pleased to see that outcomes for students are improving,” MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver said. “We will continue to engage in this critically important work so that all of our students are college and career ready.”
The data comes from comparing results between the fall and winter district-administered Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests.
The results to be presented to the Board represent the seven Commitment Schools that serve students in elementary and/or middle school grades: Auer Avenue School, Browning School, George Washington Carver Academy of Mathematics and Science, Samuel Clemens School, Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education, Albert Story School and Thurston Woods Campus.
MPS will receive similar data for the high schools that are Commitment Schools in the spring. The district has limited its high school MAP testing as the state introduced additional testing for those grades.
In addition to the Commitment Schools effort, the district is supporting other underperforming schools by providing additional instructional support, professional development and operational assistance.