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