Kansas City, Missouri
The GLR Campaign recognizes Kansas City, Missouri, as a 2016 Pacesetter for reporting population-level, measurable progress in school attendance, summer learning and overall grade-level reading for children from low-income families.
The percentage of chronically absent K-3 students attending Title I schools in Kansas City, Missouri, decreased from 15% in 2012–13 to 12% in 2015–16. Over the course of three years, Kansas City enrolled more than six times the number of students in its summer academic enrichment programs and significantly increased their reading scores. As measured by the state of Missouri’s English Language Arts assessment, 41% of third graders in 2016 were reading proficiently compared with 30% in 2012.
In addition, the GLR Campaign recognizes Kansas City for the depth and breadth of its cross-sector collaboration, which includes the Kansas City Mayor’s Office, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the Kansas City Head Start agency and a collaborative of funders focusing on early childhood education.