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DPSCD K-8 STUDENTS ARE CLOSING THE GAP

Updated: Jun 17, 2020

July 16, 2019

Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) released iReady data at its monthly board meeting indicating student progress in literacy and mathematics. Data shows overall, more students are at grade level compared to the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year – 3 percent of K-8 students started the year within their grade level and by June 2019, the number of students within grade level increased to 30 percent. 

“The new curriculum is working,” said Nikolai Vitti, Superintendent, DPSCD. “It gives me hope to see the plan in action and working after one year of curriculum implementation. The summer-long professional development, on-going study groups, parent support through teacher home visits and tools such as the homework hotline are all contributing factors to these early gains.” 


“We have a long way to go we still have students who are three grade levels below proficiency, however, this is a preview of the reform work and the progress students are making. The data is a promising signal for what we will see in K-8 MSTEP results.” 

The national average of growth for mathematics and reading is at 50 percent, students slightly exceeded the national average in mathematics and reading. In mathematics, 58 percent of K-8 students made at least one year of growth (typical growth) and 29 percent of students met their target growth (i.e. gap closing growth toward grade level proficiency); similarly, in reading, 54 percent of K-8 students made at least one year of growth, and 26 percent of students met their target growth this year.  


In 2018, after months of research conducted by teachers, principals and administrators, the DPSCD Board of Education voted to implement the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) aligned K-8 curriculum, EL Education and Eureka Math. The District also implemented the iReady diagnostic tool teachers use in the classroom to assess student learning and progress. The District will implement the new High School expected grade level curriculum this fall.  

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