FLINT TWP. — Two Bs and five Cs are the report grades for Carman Ainsworth Schools from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) for the 2011-12 school year.
Randels and Rankin elementary schools rated B grades while the Cs went to the high school, middle school and Dye, Dillon and Woodland elementaries.
The report card also sets the bar for the coming school year when the district will begin using new achievement assessments under an Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver granted to Michigan in early August by the federal government.
The ESEA waiver will initiate new achievement measurements by adding science and social studies to subjects assessed and will include tougher cut scores on standardized tests, and a gap analysis of the top and bottom achievers.
School performances will be ranked by three designations — Reward, Priority or Focus.
Reward Schools are those that demonstrate high student achievement or show tremendous progress, according to the MDE. Reward Schools include the top five percent of schools on the annual Top-to-Bottom ranking of all Michigan schools, and the top five percent of schools making the greatest academic progress over the previous four years. There were 286 schools in Michigan designated as Reward Schools for 2011-2012.
Priority Schools are those that fell in the bottom five percent of the annual Top-to-Bottom ranking, and also includes any high school with a graduation rate of less than 60 percent for three consecutive years There were 146 Priority Schools (previously called persistently lowest achieving schools), according to the MDE. Those schools will be required to implement an intervention plan l to improve student achievement.
The last group — Focus Schools — are those with wide gaps between the highest and lowest achieving students. Under the recently-approved flexibility waiver, the achievement gap is calculated for all Michigan schools by identifying the highest and lowest 30 percent of each school’s student achievement. The list includes some otherwise highachieving schools that normally would not be expected to have low achieving students. There are 358 Focus Schools located in 176 different school districts statewide, according to the MDE.
The ESEA waiver also marks the end of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports which was a year to year measure of student achievement used until now.
At a recent CA school board meeting, Superintendent Steve Tunnicliff said he was pleased to announce that all CA schools made AYP in the 2011-12 school year. Also no CA schools are on the reward, focus or priority lists.
MDE reported that 262 districts (48 percent) did not make AYP this year, compared to 37 (6.7 percent) last year. At the school building level, 82 percent of schools made AYP, compared to 79 percent last year.