Michigan’s New School Rating System Releases Results

The Michigan Department of Education rolled out a new system that grades based on overall student performance. Where did your child's school fall?

How well do you think your child’s school is doing compared to others? If you’re like a lot of Michigan parents, you’re probably not sure. After all, there are a lot of schools in Michigan, and the school ranking system can be a bit hard to follow.

To nix some of that confusion, the Michigan Department of Education recently overhauled its top-to-bottom school ranking system, which gave a percentile ranking based on where each school falls on a list, and replaced it with the Michigan School Index System, which gives each school a numerical score from zero to 100, MLive reports.

To calculate this number, each school is scored in six areas: improvement on state exams, student proficiency on state exams, if the school offers art, music, library and gym classes, graduation rates, how well English learners do on state exams and how many students are tested.

A percentage of each of these areas, 34, 29, 14, 10, 10 and 3 percent, respectively, make up the final number. Any schools that score below 30 need improvement.

If you’re wondering where your child’s school falls in this new ranking system, the Michigan Department of Education released the results for the 2016-17 school year earlier this week, and Metro Parent compiled the five top and five bottom ranked schools in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. If your child’s school isn’t on the list, check out the 2016-17 Accountability Master Results File on Michigan.gov.

Please note that this system isn’t foolproof and some schools may appear higher or lower on the list based on a lack of data. For example, a school may rank 90 in graduation rates and have no data for any other area, giving the school a 90. Likewise, a school might earn a zero score for extracurriculars and have no data in any other area, which would earn the school a zero.

For these reasons, we have opted not to list schools at zero or 100 when the majority of categories had no data. Instead, we have listed them with a disclaimer.

Top performers

Macomb County

School: Middle School Mathematics Science Technology Center
District: Warren Consolidated Schools
Grades 6-8
Overall School Index: 99.05

School: Messmore Elementary School
District: Utica Community Schools
Grades K-6
Overall School Index: 98.44

School: Great Oaks Elementary School
District: Anchor Bay School District
Grades: K-5
Overall School Index: 98.06

School: Richard J. Duncan Elementary
District: Utica Community Schools
Grades: K-6
Overall School Index: 97.88

School: Ardmore Elementary School
District: Lakeview Public Schools (Macomb)
Grades K-5
Overall School Index: 97.68

Note: the International Academy of Macomb, Frederick V. Pankow Center and the Macomb Math, Science and Technology Center all earned 100 but lacked some data when they were scored.

Oakland County

School: Conant Elementary School
District: Bloomfield Hills Schools
Grades: K-4
Overall School index: 99.92

School: Rochester Adams High School
District: Rochester Community School District
Grades: 9-12
Overall School index: 99.92

School: Pembroke Elementary School
District: Birmingham Public Schools
Grades: K-5
Overall School index: 99.85

School: Novi Woods Elementary School
District: Novi Community School District
Grades: K-4
Overall School index: 99.78

School: Bemis Elementary School
District: Troy School District
Grades: K-5
Overall School index: 99.72

Note: Harlan Elementary School, Quarton Elementary and Oxford Schools Early College all scored 100, but each of these schools lacked some data when they were scored.

Washtenaw County

School: Early College Alliance
District: Washtenaw ISD
Grades: 9-12
Overall School index: 99.90

School: Washtenaw Technical Middle College
District: Washtenaw Technical Middle College
Grades: 9-12
Overall School index: 99.85

School: Thurston Elementary School
District: Ann Arbor Public Schools
Grades: K-5
Overall School index: 99.63

School: Martin Luther King Elementary School
District: Ann Arbor Public Schools
Grades: K-5
Overall School index: 99.30

School: Bach Elementary School
District: Ann Arbor Public Schools
Grades: K-5
Overall School index: 99.27

Note: Washtenaw International High School scored 100 but lacked some data when it was scored.

Wayne County

School: Richard Elementary School
District: Grosse Pointe Public Schools
Grades: K-5
Overall School index: 99.79

School: Winchester Elementary School
District: Northville Public Schools
Grades: K-5
Overall School index: 99.48

School: Ridge Wood Elementary School
District: Northville Public Schools
Grades: K-5
Overall School index: 99.47

School: Thornton Creek Elementary School
District: Northville Public Schools
Grades: K-5
Overall School index: 99.45

School: Moraine Elementary School
District: Northville Public Schools
Grades: K-4
Overall School index: 99.40

Note: Henry Ford Early College – Advanced Manufacturing and Lewis Marie Elementary School scored 100, but each of these schools lacked some data when they were scored.

Low performers

Macomb County

School: Creative Learning Center – Dearborn
District: Clintondale Community Schools
Grades: 9-12
Overall School index: 10.61

School: Compass Pointe
District: Anchor Bay School District
Grades: K-12
Overall School index: 13.75

School: Kellwood School (Alternative)
District: East Detroit Public Schools
Grades: 9-12
Overall School index: 15.65

School: Warren Woods Enterprise High School
District: Warren Woods Public Schools
Grades: 9-12
Overall School index: 15.69

School: Success Academy
District: Van Dyke Public Schools
Grades: 6-12
Overall School index: 15.87

Oakland County

School: Hazel Park ACCESS Alternative Education Center
District: School District of the City of Hazel Park
Grades: 9-12
Overall School index: 0.38

School: Tier III Intervention Academy
District: Pontiac City School District
Grades: 6-12
Overall School index: 10.93

School: Oak Park Alternative Education Center
District: School District of the City of Hazel Park
Grades: 9-12
Overall School index: 10.94

School: Huron Valley Adult Education
District: Huron Valley Schools
Grades: 9-12
Overall School index: 11.79

School: Tri County Educational Center
District: Ferndale Public Schools
Grades: 9-12
Overall School index: 12.86

Note: ASPIRE Leadership Academy, Student Support Services, and the Karl Richter Campus all scored zero but each of these schools lacked some data when they were scored.

Washtenaw County

School: Milan Alternative Education
District: Milan Area Schools
Grades: 9-12
Overall School index: 10.40

School: ACCE
District: Ypsilanti Community Schools
Grades: 9-12
Overall School index: 13.81

School: WSC Academy – Ypsilanti Campus
District: WSC Academy
Grades: 9-12
Overall School index: 22.36

School: Pathway to Success Academic Campus
District: Ann Arbor Public Schools
Grades: 9-12
Overall School index: 25.12

School: Washtenaw Alliance for Virtual Education
District: Washtenaw ISD
Grades: 9-12
Overall School index: 25.87

Wayne County

School: Unified Middle Virtual Academy
District: Redford Union Schools, District No. 1
Grades: 6-8
Overall School index: 10.24

School: Mann Elementary School
District: Detroit Public Schools Community District
Grades: K-5
Overall School index: 10.69

School: Detroit City West Side Academy for Leadership Development
District: Detroit Public Schools Community District
Grades: 9-12
Overall School index: 11.05

School: New School High
District: New School High
Grades: 9-11
Overall School index: 11.42

School: Westwood Alternative Education High School North
District: Westwood Community School District
Grades: 9-12
Overall School index: 12.03

Note: Mixter School and Blanche Kelso Bruce Academy – St. Antoine scored zero but each of these schools lacked some data when they were scored.

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