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Milwaukee Succeeds releases Milestone Report

June 17, 2013

To support the community-wide effort to achieve success for every Milwaukee student from cradle to career, Milwaukee Succeeds today released its inaugural Milestone Report. The findings of the report will serve as benchmarks from which specific tactics and solutions can be implemented by the community to improve education numbers and achieve lasting change.

“It’s important to view this Milestone Report not as a criticism, but as a promise: we pledge to work together as a community to achieve the goals we have laid out, and fulfill our commitment to Milwaukee students to improve the current state of education,” said John Schlifske, Co-chairman, Milwaukee Succeeds and CEO, Northwestern Mutual. “That is the spirit of Milwaukee Succeeds and all who join forces with us – parents, educators, business and civic leaders – to take on and accomplish this important change.”

The Milestone Report identifies several challenges that face Milwaukee students. While these challenging statistics are not new to the education community, what is new is the collaboration of such a diverse group of key stakeholders to support a common set of goals that will improve educational outcomes for Milwaukee’s students.

The Milestone Report challenges the community to help achieve the following educational improvements for Milwaukee students in all schools by 2020:

Double the number of children in the Wisconsin Shares early care program receiving four and five star care, as rated by the YoungStar system

-The Milestone Report indicates that 8.4% of Milwaukee children in the Wisconsin Shares early care program receive four or five star care, as rated by the YoungStar system; our 2020 goal is 16%.

Significantly increase third grade proficiency in reading and math across all schools

-The Milestone Report indicates that we are currently at 15% in WKCE reading proficiency; our 2020 goal is 38%.
-The Milestone Report indicates that we are currently at 23.3% in WKCE math proficiency; our 2020 goal is 36%.

Significantly increase eighth grade proficiency in reading and math across all schools
-The Milestone Report indicates that we are currently at 14.6% in WKCE reading proficiency; our 2020 goal is 33%.
-The Milestone Report indicates that we are currently at 18.4% in WKCE math proficiency; our 2020 goal is 28%.

Bring Milwaukee students’ ACT scores in line with their statewide peers
-The Milestone Report indicates that 13% of Milwaukee students across all schools meet ACT college readiness benchmarks in three or four subjects; our 2020 goal is 50%.
-The Milestone Report indicates that the average ACT score for Milwaukee students across all schools is 16.8; our 2020 goal is 22.1.

As part of the report, Milwaukee Succeeds released a community-wide “Call to Action” to reinforce the notion that this effort will only be successful if we, as a community, marshal our collective resources to address these challenges.

To help structure this effort and track meaningful progress, Milwaukee Succeeds is helping to guide the following measures, which are designed to support change one student at a time:

Engaging eight networks of community partners who are on the “front lines” of these important educational issues. For example:

-The Quality Early Care and Education Network consists of more than 40 groups focused on analyzing the YoungStar early care data and identifying specific measures that three star early care centers can implement to improve to four or five star, providing better early care for Milwaukee children enrolled in Wisconsin Shares.

-The Third Grade Reading Network includes more than 60 groups and individuals and is focused on implementing tutoring, experiential learning, parental involvement and coaching activities aimed specifically at helping children from kindergarten through third grade.

-The At Home Network encompasses roughly 15 organizations who are working to train parent coordinators in schools who will engage parents and help them access both adult and student literacy resources.

Over the next year, each of these networks will be developing plans and specific tactics to improve measures that are expected to directly impact the 2020 goals. Because of the breadth and depth of the networks, thousands of parents, guardians, educators and volunteers are expected to be touched by these efforts.

-In addition to its work to implement educational improvements through the eight established networks, Milwaukee Succeeds is publishing helpful, accessible resource guides that will be distributed through the networks, and made available to assist parents, educators and volunteers improve education one child at a time, at www.milwaukeesucceeds.org.

"The Milestone Report is a critical tool and resource for us," said Jackie Herd-Barber, Co-Chair of Milwaukee Succeeds and member of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation board. "By reviewing the data in this report, we can better capture our successes, and address our challenges as we work with the community to implement programs specifically aimed at improving these areas. Our goal is to work together and move toward better educational outcomes."

To view the 2013 Milestone Report in its entirety and learn more about Milwaukee Succeeds, please follow this link.

About Milwaukee Succeeds
Milwaukee Succeeds is a broad-based, communitywide collaboration that aims to improve educational outcomes for every child in Milwaukee, in every school, cradle to career. Using a data-driven process that focuses resources on high-impact strategies, Milwaukee Succeeds, together with our community, will begin to move the needle on what works for kids, and better position our children and our community for a successful future. To learn more about Milwaukee Succeeds, visit www.milwaukeesucceeds.org.

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