4-6 EDUCATION

Students who are prepared academically to make the transition to middle school – meaning that they’re performing at or above grade level in reading and math — are more likely to successfully transition to high school and graduate from high school on time. Our goal is for every Kalamazoo County sixth grader to perform at or above grade level in reading and math.


KALAMAZOO COUNTY SIXTH GRADE READING AND MATH PROFICIENCY

BY RACE/ETHNICITY

Reading proficiency is increasing for sixth graders. However, there is disparity in reading proficiency levels among different race/ethnic groups. Seventy-nine percent of white and 84% of Asian Kalamazoo County sixth graders read at or above grade level. In contrast, only 43% of black and 57% of Hispanic Kalamazoo County sixth graders read at or above grade level.

Math proficiency levels also have increased over the last four years for county sixth graders. Nonetheless, achievement gaps by race and ethnicity are alarming. In 2014, 14% of black students and 27% of Hispanic students in Kalamazoo County performed at or above grade level in math. By contrast, about 49% of white and 78% of Asian students performed at or above grade level in math.


KALAMAZOO COUNTY SIXTH GRADE READING AND MATH PROFICIENCY

BY SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS

Sixth grade reading and math proficiency levels continue to increase, yet the disparity in outcomes is still glaring based on student family income.

In 2014, 53% of economically disadvantaged sixth graders (those who qualified for free or reduced lunch) were considered proficient in reading. This contrasts significantly to the proficiency rates of non-economically disadvantaged sixth graders, where 85% where considered proficient.

Twenty-two percent of economically disadvantaged sixth graders were performing proficiently in math in 2014. In contrast, 58% of non-economically disadvantaged sixth graders performed at a proficient level.


CONTRIBUTING DATA POINTS

  • Daily school attendance.
  • Percentage of students referred for in-house or out-of-school suspensions.
  • Food insecurity.
  • Out-of-school time support.

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Kalamazoo County Reading and Math Proficiency by Race/Ethnicity

Kalamazoo County Reading and Math Proficiency by Socioeconomic Status

DATA GATHERING

Our scorecard is a collection of performance data and information for Kalamazoo County and measures how well our community is doing in meeting its educational goals. Data and information for this section was collected from:

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