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Michigan school district meeting academic goals
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2011 16:22 PM

In Michigan's Kalamazoo Public School District, progress is being made in meeting the 12 academic goals that were established by the school board in January 2009, the Kalamazoo Gazette reported. Among students' achievements are high scores on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS).

In 2009, the school board created 12 academic goals that should be achieved by the 2014-2015 school year, the news source stated. Recently, Michael Rice, the District's superintendent, released a detailed report that revealed six of the goals had been met. Additionally, four of the six goals are on their way to being achieved.

"We have four years of rising achievement at the elementary and middle school levels," Rice told the news outlet.

In addition to information on how the District is meeting its academic goals, the report highlighted the progress Kalamazoo students have made on the ITBS since 2007, according to the news source. It is believed that the implementation of full-day kindergarten in 2008 had an impact on raising scores during the 2009-2010 school year.

Since students last took the ITBS, the Tests have been revised and are now known as the Iowa Assessments. According to the Iowa Testing Programs' website, the Assessments still measure students' progress in academic areas such as vocabulary, mathematics and social studies.