C-A recognized for program success

FLINT TWP. — Carman-Ainsworth’s Dillon Elementary School is among 20 schools in the state being acknowledged by The Michigan Department of Education for “Beating The Odds.”

Assistant Superintendent Steve Tunnicliff presented background about MDE’s “Beating the Odds” report to the C-A Board of Trustees at its Tuesday night meeting.

The district received notice last Friday about the honor which recognizes schools where students are performing above predicted levels despite demographics over which schools have no control such as location (urban, suburban, rural), and percent of economically disadvantaged students. Student outcomes — achievement scores, graduation rates, and statewide percentile rankings — surpassed those at peer school with similar demographics.

The designation was based on results of two different studies, Tunnicliff said. The first study identified 63 schools and the second study identified 72 that met assessment criteria. Those were pared down to a combined list of 26 schools that had been identified separately in each study.

After eliminating six schools for factors such as selective admission policies or gifted and talented programs, the state whittled the list down to the final 20 that made the Beating the Odds list.

Of those, one high school, one middle school and 18 elementary schools made the final cut, Tunnicliff said.

Seven of the 20 were singled out for a presentation at the State Board of Education meeting Tuesday morning in Lansing. A full list of the honorees was to be released this week.

Superintendent Bill Haley attributed Dillon’s success to teachers meeting every week to assess learning data and make adjustments.

“All of our schools share in that commitment,” Haley said. “Dillon is doing well. We all have odds to beat and we’re beating them.”

Dillon is located at 1197 Schumacher Avenue in Burton.

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