Putting Performance on the Map: Locating Quality Schools in the Kansas City, Missouri School District
Since 2003, IFF has been a leader in studying the distribution of performing schools in urban school districts, using its distinct methodology to publish reports and spur educational reform in Chicago, St. Louis, Denver, and Milwaukee.
Putting Performance on the Map: Locating Quality Schools in the Kansas City, Missouri School District, funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, analyzes performance, location, and enrollment at Kansas City, Missouri School District (KCMSD) and charter schools during the 2008-2009 school year. The report also analyzes the District's "Transforming the KCMSD" plan as it impacts the data collected by IFF in the preparation of the report.
Putting Performance on the Map identifies the five zip code areas in Kansas City with the greatest need for performing schools as determined by comparing current school enrollment, the school-age population, and school performance across the district. Ultimately, we find that 85 percent of KCMSD students do not attend a school that meets Missouri state standards for academic performance, and that the majority of those student reside in just five KCMSD neighborhood areas.
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