Study: New Report Card Measures Elementary and Middle School Performance by Adjusting for Student Family Income; No. 1 School is DPS’ Thirkell Elementary

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has released a report card that ranks 2,362 elementary and middle schools. The Context and Performance report card takes student poverty level into account, in order to better examine school performance, and is based on four years of student test scores. This CAP report card is an “apples-to-apples” comparison for parents and policymakers.

Thirkell Elementary School was ranked as the No. 1 school.

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Thirkell Elementary is an example of the tremendous impact a first-class leader can have on a school’s performance, said Audrey Spalding, the Center’s Director of Education Policy and author of the report card.

According to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “although about 90 percent of Thirkell’s students are from low-income households, 84 percent of fifth-graders scored proficient on the MEAP mathematics and reading tests in 2012. Thirkell students, on average, did far better on the MEAP than the state average. Adjusting for student background makes Thirkell’s success even clearer.”

Including Thirkell, the top five schools in the state were: Thirkell (DPS), Iris Becker Elementary (Dearborn), Crestwood Accelerated Program (Crestwood), Webster Elementary (Livonia) and Lowrey Middle School (Dearborn).

In all, two Detroit Public Schools—Thirkell and Davison—were among the top eight in the state of Michigan, and two Detroit Public Schools-authorized charters were among the top ten schools in the state including Ross-Hill Academy and Martin Luther King Jr. Education Center.

Additional DPS schools in the top 100 are:  Ronald Brown, Harms, Clippert, Pasteur, Chrysler and Burton International.

Earlier this year, Thirkell and Davison were rated by Excellent Schools Detroit as the best schools in the city of Detroit based on two years of MEAP data. Twelve DPS schools comprised the top 20 in that report card, including Harms, Clippert, Pasteur, Chrysler and Burton, along with Garvey Academy, Vernor, Bates, Maybury, Wright and Dixon. In another ESD report on school organization affecting student progress, more than half of all DPS schools were rated as “well organized,” with Davison the best in DPS and Edison, Carson, Bennett, Chrysler, Clippert, Coleman Young, DSA, Gompers, Hutchinson @ Howe, Maybury, Nichols, Pasteur and Clemente ranking highly.

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