GH, SL are overachievers

Grand Haven and Spring Lake public schools rank among the top 10 percent of Michigan schools, based on a new report.
Krystle Wagner
Jan 29, 2014

Bridge Magazine and Public Sector Consultants, a Lansing-based research firm, developed a formula to rank 540 of the state's public school districts and charter schools based on standardized test scores and socioeconomic status to determine the 2013 Academic State Champions.

Grand Haven Area Public Schools ranked No. 26 and Spring Lake Public Schools is No. 36. Fruitport Community Schools is ranked 412th in the report.

The report ranked schools that exceeded expectations as an Academic State Champ. Both the Grand Haven and Spring Lake districts earned that designation.

To attain Academic State Champ, a school or district needed to achieve a score of at least 100, indicating students are achieving at expected levels for their income levels. The higher the school’s score, the better students are performing on standardized tests.

Grand Haven scored 109.33 and Spring Lake scored 108.74. Fruitport received a 96.49 score.

The report also ranked fourth- and eighth-grade students on Michigan Education Assessment Program scores in 2010 and 2012. For 11th-graders, the report looked at Michigan Merit Exam scores from 2011 and 2013. It also included the ACT story for all subjects.

Grand Haven Area Public Schools’ fourth-graders ranked 37th, eighth-graders were 57th and 11th-graders ranked 47th.

Grand Haven Superintendent Keith Konarska said the ranking is particularly rewarding because it takes into account the challenges of educating children living in poverty. He said the district’s staff is working hard, but they are also under a model focused on interventions to give students extra help.

“Our students are outperforming their peers in other school districts,” Konarska said. “We are extremely proud of this recognition and believe it reflects our ongoing effort to promote every child’s success.”

Spring Lake’s fourth-graders ranked sixth in the state, eighth-graders were  ranked No. 188 and 11th-graders were 76th.

Spring Lake Superintendent Dennis Furton said this particular ranking “strongly emphasizes the contribution of teachers to the education of our students." However, Furton said he generally thinks rankings fail to provide an accurate picture of the quality of any school system.

“The only ranking that really speaks to the quality of our system is the one that our community would provide,” he said. “Do our parents, recent graduates and community members rank Spring Lake high? That's the key question, and I think the answer is yes.”

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

For the complete report and a searchable database of the schools, CLICK HERE.

 

 

Comments

watchingyou

Not bad for our Sub Par facilities and equipment. Good job SL and GH. Something to truly be proud of.

tetrahydra

Yeah how on earth was this accomplished with such crap facilities? Does this mean that possibly it has more to do with community than fancy buildings? Whay about Muskegon Heights their new High School really turned things around for their students.

bigdeal

my thoughts exactly! How do they do it with such run-down facilities? They won't be able to use this when asking for their millions! Good to hear they can do so good with so little!

Jason

Was it stated in the past that Spring Lake would not perform well without better facilities? I had not heard that but the comments making that reference intrigue me.

bigdeal

no sorry J, it was Technology $$ they need so they don't fall behind (performance). Correct me if I'm wrong again.

Jason

Ok, so it sounds like the reference was made to technology upgrades being needed to stay competitive.

bigdeal

Ok, scratch that one.

Beach Gal

I thought I was the only one who noticed Grand Haven doesn't maintain anything (except the football field). The High School landscaping is neglected and the swimming facilities are are always filthy.

happycamper

Must be a Laker, I can spot one a mile away without my glasses !!!!

Highlander

The governor moved a $Billion from education to business, (with NO accountability or study to prove value). What does this state expect?

As a parent, I find this to be an abomination. We cannot seriously say we value education when we allow this to take place. As a taxpayer, know that facilities and technology is being neglected because of funding cuts is idiotic. Our "brilliant self-serving leaders" have neglected roads and infrastructure for decades under the "lower the taxes" fog. Welcome to the new Alabama of the north.

Highlander

The governor moved a $Billion from education to business, (with NO accountability or study to prove value). What does this state expect?

As a parent, I find this to be an abomination. We cannot seriously say we value education when we allow this to take place. As a taxpayer, know that facilities and technology is being neglected because of funding cuts is idiotic. Our "brilliant self-serving leaders" have neglected roads and infrastructure for decades under the "lower the taxes" fog. Welcome to the new Alabama of the north.

newspaperlawyer

I say a big thanks to the students, school teachers and parents who help the children with their studies, reading, school projects. Keep up the great work.

rj18rad

I can't wait until these "Comment" sections actually require you to use your given name. All the other "story" sites do that and this one should be required to also. Too many people on here who are able to hide.

Lanivan

If this is important to you, you are free to do so in any comment you make. Other posters have - go for it! Don't hold back and hide behind "rj18rad" which allows you to make seriously ignorant remarks anonymously.

watchingyou

Here you go Hypocrite, I'll start.

Dave

Barry Soetoro

Yeah "rj18rad", imagine my relief when I discovered that no one in the Trib comments had taken "Barry Soetoro".

Barry

Former Grandhavenite

That would be the day that I stop posting. All the internet detective stuff that goes on is bad enough already. Haven't there been people "outed" on this forum by others who don't like their posts? I remember reading something about that.

In my experience, the quality of comments doesn't even improve in sites that require real names. If anything, it makes people more reluctant to say anything controversial or interesting.

tetrahydra

Says the guy who doesnt use his real name. You really made yourself look smart with that comment.

g.vandersteldt

These numbers aren't anything all that great. They're not absolute numbers saying the schools are great. They're qualified numbers, basically saying, Given what you had to work with, and particularly factoring in the high amount of poverty in your districts, you did pretty well. That's a far cry from saying they're great schools.

George Vandersteldt.

bigdeal

useful idiot?

LessThanAmused

Is there some Federal law coming into existence soon that's going to require we use our "given" names that I haven't heard about, mystery man "rj18ad"?

Who exactly are "all the other "story" sites" you speak of??

Who exactly is hiding? I'm right here and if you want to discuss or debate something I've personally said I'll be happy to give it a go.

This is the only forum I'm a member of where I don't use my real name and there's a good reason for that and that reason is "wackos" who complain about other people's point of view on a comment / opinion forum.
It's one thing to have someone threaten you from the other end of the country or the other side of the world, but when it's some nut that lives in the same town you do and drives past your house and threatens you and your family there's good reason to use an anonymous handle.

I ask you why it's important to you that you know who we really are? What are you going to do with that info? Should we be afraid of the mystery man rj18ad? Are you one of those psycho nuts who stalk people who they determine is someone who needs to be "taught a lesson"?

You sound like another sicko to me and maybe the tribune should take your threats here to heart and remove you from the forum ranks.

laker bum

This is really good to hear! I do wonder though if Spring Lake's numbers are better because our students are older as we had a high percentage of kids take advantage of the Young 5's program. It's not unusual for my child's classmates to be a year (or year+) older and he has a May birthday. It would be interesting to compare the median age of these district as they enter kindergarten. But, either way, Spring Lake is doing well! Congrats!

Hobie

This winter has made for a lot of grumpy people!
Lighten up and enjoy the achievements of our communities.

happycamper

According to the numbers, Grand Haven scored 109.33 and Spring Lake scored 108.74. Fruitport received a 96.49 score seem to be pretty average, then number says Spring Lake is 36th, 10 points ahead, Grand Haven 26 percent with Fruitport 412th, that don't add up, better check the numbers, anyone notice that

Liberty52

Kudos to Grand Haven and Spring Lake students/parents/teachers for your achievements. How fortunate you students are to attend such great schools. After reading some of the comments it's obvious some don't appreciate, or maybe realize, you live in a community that is able to give you the schools that you attend, along with a great education. I am a former Havenite now living in a community that can't provide the education you're fortunate to have, and I had also. Appreciate what you have and don't take it for granted. Remember there are many attending schools that do not have the same privileges as those in the Tri-Cities area. Count your blessings!!

Liberty52

Kudos to Grand Haven and Spring Lake students/parents/teachers for your achievements. How fortunate you students are to attend such great schools. After reading some of the comments it's obvious some don't appreciate, or maybe realize, you live in a community that is able to give you the schools that you attend, along with a great education. I am a former Havenite now living in a community that can't provide the education you're fortunate to have, and I had also. Appreciate what you have and don't take it for granted. Remember there are many attending schools that do not have the same privileges as those in the Tri-Cities area. Count your blessings!!

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