School districts across the state are taking a closer look at the latest rankings released by the Michigan Department of Education .
The 2013 School Accountability Scorecards rank public schools and districts based on the ability to meet or exceed goals. The scorecards are considered an accountability tool that provides the state with a standardized measurement of K-12 public school improvement values used to close achievement gaps and ensure all students are on track to graduate career- and college-ready.
The new system assigns colors that correspond to how well or how poorly schools and district's perform. Green is the highest ranking, while red is the lowest.
"This new color-coded system provides a meaningful diagnostic tool that gives schools, districts, parents, and the public an easy way to identify strengths and weaknesses," said State Superintendent Mike Flanagan. "It provides greater transparency and detail on multiple levels of school performance."
The scorecards combine MEAP and MME student assessment data with graduation or attendance rates, teacher/student data link reporting, as well as information on school compliance with state and federal laws.
The statewide top-to-bottom ranking is one component of the accountability system used by Michigan educators responding to the school improvement expectations of the U.S. Department of Education. This list is provided to schools as a diagnostic tool to help understand areas of strength and challenge.
The accountability system provides further categorical designations of top 5% Reward schools, bottom 5% Priority schools and Focus schools that are identified as having a large achievement gap defined by the difference between average scale scores of a percentage of a school's highest and lowest student assessment results.
Overall, the Traverse Bay regional school system, operating under the education service partner of TBAISD, shows positive results in the measured improvement and increased success of public school education provided by local school districts.
"Within the TBAISD we have a number of schools who are reward schools," said Jason Jeffrey, Assistant Superintendent for TBAISD. "Schools that have demonstrated high performance based on the makeup of their school district and the performance of their students."
School buildings identified in the accountability system as 2013 Reward Schools are:
Crystal Lake Elementary - Benzie County Central Schools
Lake Ann Elementary - Benzie County Central Schools
John R. Rodger Elementary - Bellaire Public Schools
Kingsley Area High School - Kingsley Area Schools
Kingsley Area Elementary - Kingsley Area Schools
Crawford School - Excelsior District #1 Schoolhouse
Courtade Elementary - Traverse City Area Public Schools
Focus school ratings are not necessarily an indication of a low-performing school, as many have met adequate yearly progress. Alternately, focus schools have a large percentage gap between students that score highest and lowest on state standardized assessments. The Focus School designation is used as an indicator to help schools further analyze data, focus on areas of instructional support and customize interventions to improve success rates of lower achieving students.
School buildings identified by MDE as Focus Schools in 2013 are:
Benzie Central Middle School - Benzie County Central Schools
Rapid City Elementary - Kalkaska Public Schools
Frankfort High School - Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools
Traverse City Central High School - TCAPS
Traverse City West Senior High School - TCAPS
Suttons Bay Elementary - Suttons Bay Public Schools
"The Accountability Score Card system is a complex, single measure of school performance," says Jason Jeffrey, Assistant Superintendent of General and Career and Technical Education.
"Schools within the Traverse Bay region identified as focus school by this measure have also been identified as high achieving schools by other measures. Examples include multiple local high schools being ranked by US News and World Report as among the nation's best," Dr. Jeffrey explains.
No school within the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District was identified as a priority school.
The Michigan School Accountability Scorecards replaced the Michigan School Report Cards that were required under the No Child Left Behind (NLCB) Act to report Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Michigan received a flexibility waiver from the US Department of Education in July 2012 that allows the use of Scorecards in place of the former AYP Report Cards.
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