The Michigan Department of Education recently released its Top to Bottom ranking of schools, which looks at student performances in reading, math, science, writing and social studies. It also looks at achievement, improvement, achievement gap and high school graduation rates.
Fruitport Community Schools' rankings range from the 19 percentile to the 84 percentile, Grand Haven Area Public Schools range from 40 percent to 97 percent, and Spring Lake Public Schools range from 88 percent to 98 percent.
The state education department ranking identified 342 schools in 205 districts as Reward Schools in 2013. Reward Schools are determined based on ranking in the top 5 percent of schools, achievement, improvement and achievement gap between the top and lowest performing students.
Local schools making that list are Peach Plains, Rosy Mound, Holmes, Jeffers and Beach elementary schools; and Spring Lake Middle School.
The state scorecard also identified Priority Schools, which are those in the bottom 5 percent; and Focus Schools, which are the 10 percent of schools with the widest achievement gap. Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Fruitport schools did not have any schools receive those ratings.
Although some Grand Haven schools remained about the same as last year’s ranking and others increased their standings from last year, the rankings of Ferry, Lake Hills and Griffin elementary schools — along with Grand Haven High School — dropped.
Mary Jane Evink, curriculum specialist for Grand Haven schools, said staff has already started working to increase student performance even before they received the Top to Bottom scorecard. She said they are able to break out testing trends by subject and grade level to see where they succeed and areas that need improving.
“Data means nothing if you don’t use it to adjust your instruction and delivery,” Evink said.
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