COLLEGE & CAREER READINESS

Students who are prepared for success in college — the word we use for education beyond high school including community college, technical certifications and traditional four-year college — are more likely to attend their school of choice and succeed without developmental coursework when they get there.

By 2017, our goal is for 82% of Kalamazoo County high school graduates to pursue some kind of post-high school education. We’ve identified three key factors that drive college enrollment in Kalamazoo County: ACT scores indicating college readiness, and financial access as measured by students applying for Michigan’s Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) and completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


PREPARATION – ACT COLLEGE READINESS

In the spring of 2014, 65% of 11th graders in the county were considered college-ready based on ACT English subtest score standards. Thirty-six percent were considered college-ready based on ACT Math subtest score standards.


KALAMAZOO COUNTY ACT ACHIEVEMENT

BY RACE/ETHNICITY

Similar to earlier grade standardized test scores, disparities by ethnicity and race are seen in English ACT outcomes. On average, black students lag their peers significantly in performance with only 27.7% of black students scoring proficient.

Math ACT disparities by race and ethnicity mimic earlier standardized test scores and ACT English scores. On average, only 10.6% of black students tested proficient in math. Hispanic students also scored low in math with only 18.2% testing proficient.


KALAMAZOO COUNTY ACT ACHIEVEMENT

BY SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS

A disparity in ACT English scores is glaring when consideration is given to the student’s family income. English subtest proficiency rates for low-income students are half the rate of higher income students.

Although math proficiency rates are low for all students countywide, they are especially low for low-income students when comparing ACT math performance.


PARTICIPATION – TUITION INCENTIVE PROGRAM

Partners have established a system to counsel eligible students on their TIP eligibility at all Kalamazoo County public and private high schools so that students know to secure their grants prior to high school graduation.


COMPLETION RATE – FAFSA

In 2014, 68.6% of Kalamazoo County graduating high school seniors completed the FAFSA. In 2013, Kalamazoo County’s FAFSA completion rate at year-end was 66.8%. The county’s college going rate (students entering some form of post-secondary training within 6 months after graduation) mirrors the FAFSA completion rate quite closely, suggesting that a large majority of the graduates entering college are completing the FAFSA.


CONTRIBUTING DATA POINTS

  • Percentage of ninth graders planning to attend college.
  • Percentage of students who graduate “college ready.”
  • Rate of college enrollment within six months of high school graduation.
  • Percentage of students who require developmental coursework upon college entry.

DOWNLOADABLE PDFS

Kalamazoo County College Readiness Indicators

Kalamazoo County FAFSA Completion Rate

Kalamazoo County ACT Proficiency

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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