The United Way of Southeast Missouri is touting positive results after statistics showed an improvement in six of eight indicators at Cape Girardeau public schools during the 2011-2012 year. Executive director Nancy Jernigan says they still have work to do but they are on the right track. In 2009 the “Mobilization Plan” was designed to decrease the number of students with 10 or more unexcused absences – successful at 9-percent; decrease the number of students not ready to enter kindergarten – successful at 14-percent; decrease the number of students reading below the third-grade level – successful at 15-percent; decrease the number of students writing below basic level – successful at 13-percent; increase the number of students writing at proficient and advanced levels – on target at 39-percent; decrease the number of students not having earned any math credits by the end of their freshman year – successful at 9-percent; and increase the graduation rate – victory with 81-point-3-percent. Jernigan tells KZIM KSIM they want our kids ready for life beyond the classroom too! Now there are education plans and strategies in place to focus on areas of income and self sufficiency for the future of these students. Career days are very important. They hope to get them excited and have sights set on career goals. One they know what they hope to do they will do whatever it takes to graduate! Jernigan says the plan showed a lack of improvement in discipline referrals with eighty when they set a goal of fifty-nine and having 70 percent of students reading on or above the district benchmark. They were 1-percent off with sixty-nine. For more information contact the United Way at 334-9634.
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