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      Michigan Department of Education releases school rankings

      The Michigan Department of Education released its 2014 Top-To-Bottom ranking and scorecards for Michigan public schools on Wednesday.

      The Michigan Department of Education released its 2014 Top-To-Bottom ranking and scorecards for Michigan public schools on Wednesday.

      More than 3,000 schools were ranked on their student performance in mathematics, reading, writing, and social science. They also looked at achievement gaps, improvement, and graduation rates.Schools in the bottom five percent of the list are considered priority and two northern Michigan schools found themselves on this list.

      Kenwood Elementary of Cadillac Area Public Schools and Vanderbilt Area School will be placed under the authority of the State School Reform Office and must start new programs to improve student performance.

      On the other end of the spectrum are rewards schools, which consistent of the top five percent of schools as well as the top five percent of schools who made the most progress over the last five years.

      Schools from Alpena Public Schools, Benzie County Central Schools, Cheboygan Area Schools, Harbor Springs School District, Kingsley Area Schools, and Traverse City Area Public Schools made it into that category.

      Another category was focus schools, which only looked at the achievement gap between highest and lowest performing students and was not an indication of the schools overall performance levels.

      Alpena Public Schools, Benzie County Central Schools, Cadillac Area Public Schools, Kalkaska Public Schools, Kingsley Area Schools, and Traverse City Area Public Schools had schools with the 10% widest gap between high and low performing students.

      All the schools were ranked on a rainbow scale going from green to red. Only 1.5% of schools received a green mark meaning they had attained 85% of possible points, but 14.1% of schools were considered red with less than 50% of possible points.

      About 30% of all Michigan public schools met standards in all areas.