60 New Michigan Schools Rank in Bottom 5 Percent

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- One-third of public schools at risk of being placed in Michigan's turnaround district improved enough last year to fall outside the bottom 5 percent.

But 60 new "priority" schools are now in the bottom 5 percent, according to scorecards released Wednesday by the state Education Department. The schools will be placed under the supervision of Michigan's school reform officer, who can impose an intervention model.

Those whose redesign plans aren't achieving satisfactory results over time can ultimately be put into a state-run turnaround district.

The state says about 30 percent of all Michigan public schools met targets in all areas except having a wide achievement gap between their highest- and lowest-performing students. Yet 14 percent of nearly 3,400 schools achieved few objectives.

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