Ratings

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 ClimateA+
Academic StatusNG
Academic ProgressNG
Methodology
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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)


Science

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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 5
Source: See notes

5 Categories

  Score out of 100
Effective Leaders 66
Collaborative Teachers 68
Involved Families 88
Supportive Environment 69
Ambitious Instruction 59
Source: See notes

Ambitious Instruction

Sub-category Score out of 100
Quality of Student Discussion 89
Math Instruction 44
English Instruction 57
Course Clarity 47
Source: See notes

Effective leaders

Sub-category Score out of 100
Principal Instructional Leadership 59
Program Coherence 70
Teacher Influence 61
Teacher-Principal Trust 73
Source: See notes

Collaborative Teachers

Sub-category Score out of 100
Collective Responsibility 72
School Commitment 89
Quality Professional Development 42
Teacher-Teacher Trust 70
Source: See notes

Supportive Environment

Sub-category Score out of 100
Safety 93
Academic Personalism 29
Academic Press 69
Peer Support for Academic Work 80
Student-Teacher Trust 66
Source: See notes

Involved Families

Sub-category Score out of 100
Outreach to Parents 66
Human and Social Resources in the Community 98
Teacher-Parent Trust 99
Source: See notes

Survey participation

Respondent group Number
Students 620
Teachers 46
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