2018-04-12 / News

MAS News

Maryann Boddy

On a scale of 0-100, where does MAS rank among other districts in Michigan?

In an article released by MLive, you can find out more about the state’s new school index system, which has been rolled out for the first time by the Michigan Department of Education and is being used to determine which schools must improve moving forward or face consequences. The system provides a rating for nearly all Michigan public schools based upon performance in up to six categories.

While a total of six categories were used to determine each school’s overall score, not all categories counted equally. Here’s the breakdown for how much weight was given to each category:

Student growth: 34 percent

Student proficiency: 29 percent

School quality/student success: 14 percent

Graduation rate: 10 percent

English learner progress: 10 percent

Assessment participation: 3 percent

So how did Michigan schools perform? The median rating was 71.89.

Seventeen schools received a rating of 100. But the reason for the top score wasn’t always academic performance.

Some schools only received a rating for one or two areas, because data for the other areas was unavailable.

On the other end of the spectrum, there were 26 schools that received a rating of zero. Many of those are alternative schools that serve students who have struggled in a traditional classroom setting.

MDE is using the ratings to determine which schools need additional oversight and support to improve student performance. Based on their scores, struggling schools are being placed in one of the following three categories:

Comprehensive Support and Improvement schools:

These are the lowest performing schools statewide and include any high school with a graduation rate of 67 percent or less or an overall score below 30.64. Statewide, 162 schools placed in this category.

Additional Targeted Supports schools:

This designation applies to schools where three or more student groups - based on factors such as race and ethnicity or economic status - are significantly performing at the same level as the bottom 5 percent of schools statewide. There were five such schools statewide - three in Lansing, one in Saginaw and one in Detroit.

Targeted Support and Improvement schools:

These schools have one or two underperforming student subgroups. There were 128 such schools identified statewide. According to MDE, these schools must work with district administrators to develop an improvement plan.

Results for Emerald Elementary, Manistique Middle/High School and Jack Reque Alternative Education Center are listed above.

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