UPDATED: Grosse Ile Schools Outrank Trenton Schools in Bridge Magazine Report

The school districts rank 357th (Grosse Ile) and 424th (Trenton) in Bridge Magazine’s top-to-bottom list of Michigan schools.

A new report issued by Bridge Magazine this week shows 52 Michigan public school districts and charter schools were named Academic State Champions for the 2011-12 school year.

Districts were ranked based on schools' test scores adjusted for family income, showing where students are not only achieving but overachieving.

According to the analysis, a Value-Added Matrix (VAM) score of 100 indicates students are achieving at expected levels for their income level. The higher a school's score, the better their students are performing on standardized tests.

Trenton Public Schools were ranked 424th overall out of 560 school districts and Grosse Ile Township Schools were ranked 357th.

TPS received a VAM of 95.92 and GITS received a VMA of 98.07.

Trenton Superintendent Rod Wakeham said the report is a new indicator for school districts to use.  

"Added years of data will determine how useful it can be for schools to use as an improvement tool," Wakeham said

To view a complete searchable database of schools, visit the Bridge Magazine website.

School District VAM Score Rank Trenton 95.92
Grosse Ile
Lincoln Park
Ann Arbor 111.87 11 Taylor

*Check back with Trenton-Grosse Ile Patch for comments from superintendents from Trenton Public Schools and Grosse Ile Township Schools regarding the district rankings.

*This article was updated at 4:45 p.m. Friday.

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sine-of-the-times January 11, 2013 at 11:32 PM
KEEP CALM and VOTE OUT SNYDER/REPUBLICANS who are trying their hardest to tell you that our schools are awful and need to be taken over...oh, did you know that the bottom 5% will be? DId you know that the budget for Mich schools will be changed drastically and they are attempting to fund schools through performance on these tests? as in your funding drops proportionate to the # of kids who pass the tests?? Call your government leaders Somerville and Colbeck ASAP!
sine-of-the-times January 12, 2013 at 03:22 AM
These ratings are supposed to tell how much a teacher adds to their student's learning. The "value-added" method is supposed to adjust for things like socioeconomic status, since that is the biggest determinate of student achievement. The theory is a district with predominately poor students (as measured by receiving free lunches) can actually be adding more value for students that a district like Bloomfield Hills, where kids are expected to do well, even with below average test scores. The problem with all of this is that the systems they have been using are wildly inconsistent, and school districts can bounce from successful to failing from year to year. These ratings are based on one test, the 2011 MEAP, that isn't really designed to be used in this way and one test is really too little data to base anything on. "Value-added" has been used by reformers like Michelle Rhee to prove that talking about poverty is just an "excuse" and that if teachers really, really try they can overcome student's socioeconomic status. That's why schools with more poor kids usually do well in these ratings and wealthier districts usually look worse. Teachers, starting next year, are going to evaluated using "vakue-added" and based on the test scores their students get and what the formula says the students would be expected to get. As you can probably imagine, doing this for individual teachers, a much smaller sample size, is even more inconsistent than doing it for a school district.
sine-of-the-times January 12, 2013 at 03:23 AM
If you have a facebook account, please go to the Save Michigan's Public Schools page, you will learn a lot about the political maneuvering of public schools.
michelle January 12, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Sorry but according to this Taylor and Lincoln Park are doing way better? Not to be mean but I don't think this test reflects what I consider important. I'll do what I can to make sure my child always does his best. I totally agree about Snyder though. They totally chopped the funding for our schools when they need it the most. We lost programs and schools because of it. Kids are crammed into classrooms. Its not fair. Education is extremely important for all of our futures. To rob our children to give more tax breaks to the wealthy and businesses is absurd.


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