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Bridge Magazine Report Ranks Dearborn Schools 15th in the State

Bridge Magazine’s top-to-bottom list of Michigan schools rated districts on their test scores, with economic adjustments made based on family income.

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

Dearborn Public Schools ranked 15th in the state out of 560 charter schools and public school districts, according to Bridge's unique system of measurement. 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 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.

Dearborn Public Schools received a score of 111.37. The highest ranking school—Star International Academy of Dearborn Heights—received a score of 120.48.

While the district is not a stand-out in terms of standardized testing scores, 14,000 of the district's 19,000 students are eligible for free or reduced lunch. Additionally, the 2011 American Community Survey released in December 2012 showed that 32.4 percent of Dearborn families with children under the age of 18 is living in poverty.

Dearborn Public Schools Supt. Brian Whiston said that while the ranking isn't the only one to measure success by, it was a good indicator that the district is succeeding despite socioeconomic obstacles.

"There are a lot of different ways to look at rankings," Whiston said. "This tells us that we are going above and beyond and students are doing well. It's one way to look at things."

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

Kamal Makki January 20, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Charles, you are correct, I am an education major and this is just one of many issues
Daniel R. Hawkins January 20, 2013 at 03:34 PM
No , socioeconomic measuring is for true something that communities need to work on. There are some schools despite the poor economic standing of the children's family and many individuals out there who have succeeded despite their economically depressed up bringing. We water down the SAT s and we we find any excuse not to blame the over priced, wasteful union ridden public school system. We are routinely told that our teachers are the 'educational experts many with advanced degrees but still this push to blame anything or anyone else. It is disgusting and our over priced public school system has been nothing but an educating and financial failure. Wake up America.
bitsy08 January 20, 2013 at 03:47 PM
...and a period used when asking a question.
Dearborn Taxpayer January 20, 2013 at 03:48 PM
It's a sad commentary on our educational systems that we now seem to have to adjust student academic performance measures for "socioeconomic factors." Do we really think kids from more affluent families will necessarily do better than those from less well-off families? Are we sending the message to less affluent students and families that we have lower expectations for their academic success and therefore we need to measure academic achievement on a curve for family income? It's a shame that such "class" distinctions have become an accepted part of how we now measure academic and educational success. From my perspective, we should expect all children to achieve high academic and educational success without having to factor in their family's income in our measures of that success!
Marc January 20, 2013 at 05:26 PM
The relationship of SES to academic achievement is well established. You might want to think of it this way - think of a "100 yard dash" where some kids start 80 yards from the finish line, some start 100 yards from the finish line, and some 120 yards from the finish line. It is absolutely fair to expect all three kids to finish, but don't blame the coach when the kid who has to run an extra 40 yards finishes last all the time.

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