DPS Superintendent for Academics to present details of 2012-13 Academic Plan to parents in a series of workshops

Karen Ridgeway, Detroit Public Schools’ Superintendent for Academics, will present details of the district’s 2012-13 Academic Plan to parents in a series of workshops.

The plan’s focus is on Building Academic Excellence and Four Core Strategies:

  • Providing a high-quality, well-rounded educational experience to all students that is rigorous, relevant, and engaging
  • Building strong relationships with students, families, and the community to increase trust and shared responsibility
  • Ensuring that every classroom has a high quality effective educator, supported by high-quality effective administrators and support staff
  • Aligning resources to accomplish priorities within a balanced budget

When and Where:

Wednesday, May 30
10 a.m. to noon — Priest Elementary Middle School, 7840 Wagner
4 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Detroit School of Arts – West, Langston Hughes, 19501 Berg Road
Thursday, May 31
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Marcus Garvey Academy, 2301 Van Dyke

About the 2012-13 Academic Plan/The DPS Education Advantage

2012-13 Academic Plan Executive Summary

2012-13 Academic Plan Presentation

2012-13 Academic Plan Pamphlet


What we offer:

  • Fine & Performing Arts including instrumental/vocal music and dance
  • Take-home Netbooks in the fall of 2012 for students in grades 8-12
  • Access to Netbook computers for ALL students in grades 6-12
  • Millions of dollars in school building upgrades district-wide
  • Three state-of-the-art buildings opening in the fall of 2012
  • Advanced placement courses at every high school
  • Safety and security enhancements district-wide
  • Business partnerships for every school
  • Renowned athletic programs
  • Expanded time for Reading/Math
  • Pre-Algebra for 7th graders
  • Nine different languages
  • Robust ESL Programs


Our Five Pillars of Student Achievement in the plan will be based on the following:

  • Talent management
  • High quality teaching and learning
  • Rigorous, transparent and continuous improvement cycle
  • Customer service approach to community and each other
  • A secure, inclusive and dynamic culture

As part of the plan, we will assess outcomes through:

  • MEAP/MME proficiency rates for students who have been in the district for at least three consecutive years and less than three consecutive years.
  • NAEP passing rates for students in grades 4 and 8.
  • Graduation rates – the number of students in a 9th grade cohort who graduate within four years of their enrollment in 9th grade.
  • College readiness – the number of graduates who meet or exceed ACT College readiness criteria.
  • MME writing scores – the number of 11th-graders scoring 1 or 2.
  • Postsecondary enrollment – the number of seniors who enrolled in a four-year or two-year college or university or in a technical school within the first year after graduating.
  • Enrollment in Advanced Placement (AP) courses – the number of students enrolled in AP courses and completing dual enrollment courses.
  • Performance in AP courses – the number of students with AP test scores of 3, 4, or 5.
  • District and campus accountability ratings – based on the district, the number of schools achieving Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).
  • Number of schools performing in the lowest 5 percent of schools statewide.
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