Talent Development

Talent Development
Measure Baseline (2015) Current Target (2025) Trend Michigan Chart
Public preschool enrollment (percentage) Disaggregated 34% 35% 100%

Rationale: “High quality universal pre-K for three- and four-year-olds could significantly reduce the financial burden facing families with young children and help ensure that children are prepared for kindergarten.” When universal PreK is articulated as a goal, it largely can be achieved, as evidenced in states such as WV, VT, WI, AL, NY, IL. Source: https://www.newamerica.org/in-depth/care-report/policy-recommendations-universal-pre-k/http://nieer.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/YB2017_Executive-Summary.pdf

17%
White 26% 26% 14%
Black 38% 37% 29%
Latino 19% 40% 22%
Public preschool enrollment (number) Disaggregated 483 474 1,356

Rationale: “High quality universal pre-K for three- and four-year-olds could significantly reduce the financial burden facing families with young children and help ensure that children are prepared for kindergarten.” When universal PreK is articulated as a goal, it largely can be achieved, as evidenced in states such as WV, VT, WI, AL, NY, IL. Source: https://www.newamerica.org/in-depth/care-report/policy-recommendations-universal-pre-k/;http://nieer.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/YB2017_Executive-Summary.pdf

37,760
White 204 190 21,318
Black 114 103 11,472
Latino 27 48 4,218
Kindergarten readiness (Battle Creek public schools only) 24% 30% 100%

Rationale: During kindergarten children develop foundational skills for math and reading. A goal of 100% of Battle Creek kindergartners scoring above the 50th percentile nationally on the MAP assessment ensures that all children are set up for academic success. Source: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/about-us/article/head-start-program-facts

N/A
3rd-Grade Reading Proficiency Disaggregated 36% 32% 62%

Rationale: Third-grade reading proficiency predicts future educational success. Measuring proficiency early allows for timely interventions to improve a child’s reading skills. 60% is the average third-grade reading proficiency of the top 25 best cities to raise a family. Source: PolicyLink analysis of demographic data from the US Census and the 25 best cities list from SmartAsset.com.

44%
White 43% 40% 52%
Black 15% 8% 19%
Latino 25% 25% 33%
Asian 46% 46% 64%
Two or More Races 31% 19% 42%
3rd-Grade Math Proficiency Disaggregated 36% 36% 70%

Rationale: Third-grade math proficiency predicts future educational success. Measuring proficiency early allows for timely interventions to improve a child’s math skills. 70% is the average third-grade reading proficiency of the top 25 best cities to raise a family. Source: https://smartasset.com/mortgage/the-best-cities-to-raise-a-family

46%
White 43% 46% 54%
Black 15% 11% 19%
Latino 25% 26% 33%
Asian 46% 65% 73%
Two or More Races 31% 42% 42%
8th-Grade Reading Proficiency Disaggregated 46% 30% 56% 43%
White 45% 34% 48%
Black 21% 11% 20%
Latino 36% 11% 31%
Asian or Pacific Islander 49% 60% 69%
Two or More Races 42% 26% 40%
8th-Grade Math Proficiency Disaggregated 29% 21% 42%

Rationale: 75th percentile of M-Step test scores (SY16-17), as MI Math tests for G6-8 are aligned with and “correspond to the College and Career Readiness (CCR) anchor standards.” Note: range is 5%-93%. Source: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Mathematics_Grade_8_Crosswalk_Claims-Targets-Standards_502014_7.pdf

34%
White 36% 24% 39%
Black 7% 4% 11%
Latino 16% 9% 20%
Asian or Pacific Islander 39% 43% 68%
Two or More Races 23% 17% 29%
On-time high school graduation Disaggregated 84% 87% 90%

Rationale: High school graduation helps predict how well teens are prepared for further education and employment and has wide-ranging health, social and economic impacts. 90% is the highest rate of on-time high school graduation in the top 25 cities to raise a family. Source: https://smartasset.com/mortgage/the-best-cities-to-raise-a-family

81%
White 84% 87% 84%
Black 78% 82% 70%
Latino 84% 90% 74%
Asian N/A 87% 73%
Two or More Races 90% 89% 81%
What does the data tell us?
  • Low access to early childhood education
  • Racial inequities in access to early childhood education
  • A potential education and skills gap for people of color

To learn more about Talent Development in Battle Creek, please see the “Readiness” section of the Battle Creek Equity Profile.

Goals for Talent Development:

For Battle Creek to thrive, all students — regardless of race, gender, or socio-economic background — must be able to pursue career and life paths that lead to economic stability. All students must be prepared to fulfill their optimal potentials.
Specifically, we strive to:

  • Improve kindergarten readiness
  • Increase college and career readiness for all students
Strategies & Tactics to achieve the goals:

Improve kindergarten readiness

  • Create adequate, accessible, affordable and culturally appropriate early childhood education opportunities serving all children in Battle Creek
  • Promote a shared, county-wide definition of kindergarten readiness
  • Adopt early education as an explicit workforce development strategy
  • Increase the quality of early learning experiences through training and coaching for teachers
  • Strengthen and better coordinate policies and services that support kindergarten readiness
  • Help more children get access to high quality and culturally appropriate early learning opportunities.

Increase college and career readiness for all students

  • Create an equitable academic and career pathways for students
  • Build an excellent, equitable, quality pre-K to 16 education system in the greater Battle Creek area
Initiatives and programs already in action (coming soon…)
New work being planned (coming soon…)
Partners in this space (coming soon…)

 

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