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Wyandotte Public Schools Ranked in Bottom Quarter of Statewide Analysis

Wyandotte is ranked 433 out of 560 in Bridge Magazine’s top-to-bottom list of Michigan schools.

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.

Wyandotte Public Schools was ranked 433 out of 560 on the top-to-bottom list. 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 (VAM) 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.

An article published at bridgemi.com explains that Bridge Magazine and Lansing-based Public Sector Consultants came up with the system by measuring "a school’s test scores adjusted for student family income, which is often a predictor of academic achievement." 

Wyandotte school superintendent Carla Harting said she's still studying the methodology used for this latest ranking before coming to a meaningful analysis of what it means for the district. 

"I have not had an opportunity to review in depth the findings of this new study," she said. "We will have to analyze the data to understand the rankings.  As always, we work with all students to give them a quality education. We always strive to do our best with the resources we have available."

Here are Wyandotte's scores:

Rank Name VAM Score VAM 11th Grade VAM 8th Grade VAM 4th Grade % Free & Reduced Lunch Eligible 433 Wyandotte Public Schools 95.55 99.50 87.55 99.60 50.58

To view a complete searchable database of schools, visit the Bridge Magazine website. Read more about how the list was compiled in Which Mich. Schools Add Most Value for Students?.

Judy Maiga Izzo January 15, 2013 at 01:22 PM
"This does not mean that districts with a VAM below 100 have a low percentage of students meeting the proficiency standards. What it does mean is that relative to how well the students are projected to perform, given the socioeconomic status of the student population, the district’s students are not meeting expectations. For example, if 90 percent of a district’s students are proficient on all tests but the district is projected to have 95 percent of students proficient on all tests, the district’s VAM would be 94.74. Obviously, this district would be considered very successful." This from the article itself.
Carrie Simpson January 15, 2013 at 01:27 PM
Maybe because our schools house/teach all the special education students from every city Wayne County.
acroporless January 15, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Comparing lincoln park at 239, and taylor at 230, with wyandootte's 433 It looks like wyandoote students are doing good up to the 4th grade, but as they move up to 8th and 11 grades their scores are going down dramatically, compared to lincoln park & taylor, who by the have many more students on free lunch. Does this mean wyandotte students comparitively speaking are less prepared at graduation, and other districts are improving as students advance thru school & are better prepared. ?
acroporless January 15, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Why then did they score so low compared to lincoln park & taylor
acroporless January 15, 2013 at 04:21 PM
still does not explain how wyandootte scored so low compared to lincoln park and taylor and wyandotte scores get worse as students progress to graduation
Terri Havlicsek January 15, 2013 at 04:49 PM
I really don't see how income has anything to do with a child's ability to learn. Money doesn't make you smart.
John_T January 15, 2013 at 05:49 PM
In today's world, what is the ultimate goal of education and getting kids to graduate? Is it to be assumed that the goal is to get every kid college ready? First, I don't think all kids should go to college. College isn't for everyone and people can waste a lot of money before figuring that out. If a kid realizes that early, they might find better opportunities if going to trade school, becoming a plumber, electrician, carpenter, etc and make a very good living doing so. Second, there's an article in the Freep Press today that talk about what kids in what districts are "college ready." http://www.freep.com/article/20110222/NEWS06/110221036/Database-See-how-college-ready-students-your-Michigan-high-school-are It seems to me that the best way to measure whether a school is getting kids college ready, is to see how many have actually gotten a degree 4 or 5 years after graduating high school. Measuring high school GPA, ACT, SAT etc is pointless. It takes a lot more than those things to actually get the college work done and get a degree. Just some things to think about.
acroporless January 15, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Judy Izzo , your response does not explain why wyandoote is scoring so much lower then lincoln park & taylor, and why wyandotte scores are going down as students advance to graduation , instead of improving.
Stephanie Keffer January 15, 2013 at 09:44 PM
This scoring system is based on income and doesn't really show the overall picture of a school district. School districts where my friends sent their kids in the area got glowing reviews but they suck if you compare them based on academic performance. So thi was just another avenue to waste money.
acroporless January 15, 2013 at 10:22 PM
The medium household income in lincoln park is 36,000 in wyandotte its 44,000 looking at the higher inccome districts they have a higher score, Except for wyandottte who is lower then lincoln park & taylor, and student scroes are going down as students progress, graduating ill prepared for college or the work place, wyandotte schools need to explain this?
William Riley January 16, 2013 at 07:55 AM
And to think I am forced to pay taxes to support this nonsense! I don't mind paying my fair share if it means our youth receives the first class education they need and deserve, but this should not be happening. I don't know if the scoring system is flawed, or the educators in this city are the problem. This has got to be a wakeup call for the Board of Education as well as our citizens! What got me is my Daughter, who graduated from Roosevelt in 2006, was never taught how to do the simple task of making change, something that EVERY child should learn in school. I also had to teach her how to do old fashioned division, as Wyandotte's school system doesn't, but continues to force New Math down the throats of these kids, something that even some of the teachers have trouble understanding! Come on people, you can do better than this!!!
Phyllis January 16, 2013 at 06:58 PM
Yes. Blame the teachers. It's their fault. Newsflash: Many times it has to do with the parents. It's not always the teacher's fault, just as it's not always the parent's.
Shelley Kliza-Ostrowski January 16, 2013 at 10:28 PM
William my kids are in elementary and are being taught how to make change. As for new math when my oldest was being taught it in 6th grade my daughter didnt like it and we felt it was more confusing than helpful so we met with the teacher and asked if she could it the old fashion way. She was very helpful in explaining why they changed it and felt that as long as she did well that she could be do it the way it worked for her. I do feel like they keep lowering the standard here so more kids can do better, but unless you find out why kids are not doing well in the first place your basically not doing any good. Even children who do well in elementary cannot be rewarded with new report cards. To get an 100 on all your work is simple meeting the standard.
Jay R January 17, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Thats not true, Lincoln Park houses a TON of special education students from all over downriver
Jay R January 17, 2013 at 10:51 PM
Don’t be fooled by the misleading results, lowering students’ scores because their families have a higher income justifies nothing. Rick Snyder and Dick DeVos just want you to believe that your schools are failing so they can justify taking them over. This study is skewed!
Sam123 March 05, 2013 at 02:48 AM
You are really upset that they didn't offer a class in making change?
JJ March 05, 2013 at 03:55 AM
I would like to see how Roosevelt H.S. would stack up against!

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