GH, SL get top scores

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:03 PM

The Spring Lake and Grand Haven public school districts are among 560 traditional schools and charter schools in Michigan named as 2012 Academic State Champs by Bridge Magazine.

This year, the rankings were determined by a value-added system that considered whether or not students are performing above expected levels, based on socioeconomic factors. Bridge Magazine and the Lansing research firm of Public Sector Consultants created the formula.

Spring Lake Public Schools ranked 27th and Grand Haven Area Public Schools ranked 33rd.

Star International Academy, a charter school in Dearborn Heights, topped the list.

To see how other school districts were rated, click here.

Grand Haven Superintendent Keith Konarska said they are honored for the recognition.

“We have a constant focus on continuing improvement,” he said. “It’s reflected in those ratings.”

Although this isn’t the first time either of the local districts has been recognized as Academic All-State from Bridge Magazine, Spring Lake Superintendent Dennis Furton said the recognition is unique because of the “value-added” element.

“To me, this honor says that the Spring Lake teachers are performing at a high level, that we effectively individualize instruction and that our curriculum is rigorous,” he said. “Our teachers work hard to make all that a reality and the credit for this award really goes to them."

Mary Jane Evink, the curriculum specialist for the Grand Haven district, said the recognition is the result of planning, instruction and assessment while building positive relationships with the students and their families. She said the Grand Haven staff is conscious of students who struggle academically and provide careful screening to assess what they need, then provide targeted interventions to accelerate achievement.

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

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