At DPSCD, we want to improve the academic experience of all students to ensure they are college and career ready.
What progress are we making toward Outstanding Achievement?
Elementary students are expressing increased engagement in school and class. Students report greater excitement to go to class and participate, they are more interested in class, and they believe that teachers have higher expectations.
The District grew in all grades and subjects on the M-STEP and outpaced state growth at all grade levels.
Thirteen of our fourteen state Partnership schools have improved since the 2016-2017 school year and are “on track” according to their state performance review.
What are some of our strategies to build Outstanding Achievement?
In the past two years, the District adopted and rolled out Eureka Math and Expeditionary Learning in K-8 grades, including through a specialized professional development model – modEL Detroit.
DPSCD has adopted and implemented formative assessments to assist instructional staff with real-time planning. The new formative assessments include i-Ready for ELA and Math (K-8), district-based science and social studies assessments (5, 8, 11), and PSAT and SAT Practice Tests (8-12). The District’s 19-20 Assessment Calendar can be found here.
The District has launched Datacom dashboards, which combine student and staff day-to-day and academic information, into an accurate, real-time picture of what’s happening at each school.
The District has hired 1,000 additional positions at the school level, including academic interventionists to support struggling students.
What’s next for Outstanding Achievement?
The District has expanded its curricular reforms to high school. In 2018-2019, the District adopted new Math and ELA curricula for high school and will be focused on strong implementation for 2019-2020.
The District will continue expanding and improving dual enrollment, accelerated programs, and Career Academies at each high school. The District aims to have 65 Career Academies by Fall 2020, and 62 dual enrollment courses at 20 high schools by that same time.