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Bridge Magazine’s Academic State Championship List

 A Note About the Rankings

The Bridge Magazine, Academic State Champs is a report that ranks Michigan schools according to two measures: state testing results when compared to social-economic status.  To gage these two, the methods used are the Michigan Educational Assessment Program, which includes MEAP test results as well as state-guided ACT results, and free and reduced lunch information provided through parent input on annual forms distributed at schools with hot lunch programs.  Due to the fact that WCA doesn’t have a lunch program, that information for our families is a little more difficult to come by even though the form is distributed annually through the Monday Mailer.  The report becomes skewed when reporting results because an assumption is made that the “free and reduced numbers” or socio-economic status is accurately reported at the state data warehouse level; WCA’s information is proof that it is not.

An excerpt from the MLive article regarding the rankings:

As with our district rankings, the methodology and data analysis for school-level rankings were independently developed by Public Sector Consultants, a public policy research firm in Lansing, and take into account the impact of poverty by analyzing how schools across Michigan perform compared with schools of similar socioeconomic levels, an acknowledgement of the debilitating impact that poverty typically has on student achievement.

This means that some poorer schools are State Champs even though they have lower raw test scores than more affluent schools that are not being honored this year. That’s because students at these State Champs schools more significantly outperformed students at peer schools when income is considered.

Follow the below links to find out more information about this ranking.


Academic State Champs rank Michigan schools individually for the first time

Michigan’s Academic State Championship list is in – where does your school rank?

A measure of overachievement: How statewide Academic Rankings are determined