Ratings

GreatSchools Rating

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

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Rating Breakdown
Test score rating2
Test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in the state. Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.
Student growth rating3
Student growth rating measures whether students at this school are making academic progress over time. Specifically, the rating looks at how much progress individual students have made on reading and math assessments during the past year or more. This rating is based on 2012-13 net growth (significant improvement/improvement - significant decrease/decrease) according to Performance Level Changes from the state of Michigan.
Methodology
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Excellent Schools Detroit Rating

The Excellent Schools Detroit Scorecard is a tool that recommends where Detroit parents should send their children to school and is based on test scores, student academic growth, student and teacher surveys, and other indicators of student success. It compares schools across the Detroit area, where the highest rated schools in the city receive an A+ and the lowest an F. Excellent Schools Detroit recommends parents and students select schools graded C+ or better or "promising."

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Rating Breakdown
School ClimateB+
Academic StatusD
Academic ProgressD
Methodology
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State Rating

The Michigan School Accountability Scorecard is the state's school accountability rating. Ratings are based on test scores, student academic growth, graduation rates, attendance rates, educator evaluations, and compliance with state law. The Michigan School Accountability Scorecard uses a five-color coded system (Green, Lime, Yellow, Orange, and Red) to indicate the performance of schools. Green is highest and indicates that most of the goals were met for a school, while red is lowest and indicates that few objectives were met at a school.

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Dig deeper

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Facts (and fiction) about school test scores

They're never the whole story, but test scores do offer important information about a school. If you know how to dig deeper.


Test scores

The bar charts below tell what percentage of students are performing at or above grade-level.

Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP)


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About the test

In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education


Climate

Schools that are well organized, safe, and supportive are much more likely to be successful.

5Essentials Survey

5Essentials is a survey measuring what students and teachers think and feel about the school. Research shows that schools strong on 3 or more of the 5 essentials are ten times more likely to improve student learning than schools weak on the 5 essentials.

  Score out of 5
Overall improvement score 2
Source: See notes

5 Categories

  Score out of 100
Effective Leaders 22
Collaborative Teachers 37
Involved Families 35
Supportive Environment 73
Ambitious Instruction 81
Source: See notes

Ambitious Instruction

Sub-category Score out of 100
Quality of Student Discussion 55
Math Instruction 87
English Instruction 99
Course Clarity 82
Source: See notes

Effective leaders

Sub-category Score out of 100
Principal Instructional Leadership 18
Program Coherence 36
Teacher Influence 11
Teacher-Principal Trust 21
Source: See notes

Collaborative Teachers

Sub-category Score out of 100
Collective Responsibility 50
School Commitment 45
Quality Professional Development 29
Teacher-Teacher Trust 25
Source: See notes

Supportive Environment

Sub-category Score out of 100
Safety 43
Academic Personalism 78
Academic Press 66
Peer Support for Academic Work 99
Student-Teacher Trust 79
Source: See notes

Involved Families

Sub-category Score out of 100
Outreach to Parents 31
Human and Social Resources in the Community 46
Teacher-Parent Trust 60
Source: See notes

Survey participation

Respondent group Number
Students 172
Teachers 30
Source: See notes

Sources

5Essentials Survey Excellent Schools Detroit, 2012-2013
5 Categories Excellent Schools Detroit, 2012-2013
Ambitious Instruction Excellent Schools Detroit, 2012-2013
Effective leaders Excellent Schools Detroit, 2012-2013
Collaborative Teachers Excellent Schools Detroit, 2012-2013
Supportive Environment Excellent Schools Detroit, 2012-2013
Involved Families Excellent Schools Detroit, 2012-2013
Survey participation Excellent Schools Detroit, 2012-2013