REED CITY — A report evaluating the effectiveness of Michigan schools was released recently and shows that some area schools have room to improve.
While some schools in Reed City and Evart scored relatively high, others ranked well below state standards.
The Michigan School Index System rates public school performance in six key areas: student growth, student proficiency, school quality/student success, graduation rate, English Learner progress, and assessment participation.
Schools received credit in each area based on the degree to which it meets its targets and an overall index value ranging from 0 to 100.
The Michigan School Index System is used to identify schools for support. Those with an index score of below 30 will be targeted for improvement.
Only one school in southern Osceola County dipped below this 30-point mark: Lighthouse Academy in Eagle Village, which earned a score of 16.81. According to the report, the school earned scores of zero in growth and proficiency but received a score of 80.56 in school quality and student success.
Overall, schools in Reed City and Evart received an average score of 55 points and varied widely.
Evart Elementary earned one of the area’s highest scores — 79.62 — and GT Norman Elementary in Reed City scored one of its lowest at 41.01. According to the report, GT Norman’s score was due to low growth and proficiency, although it scored 80.29 in quality and student success.
Middle schools in Reed City and Evart scored nearly identically across all areas, earning 54.45 and 56 points respectively.
Among high schools, Reed City High School was one of the area’s frontrunners after receiving a score 78.62 points and earned high marks for its 93 percent graduation rate. Evart High School scored lower — 62.43 points out of 100, which is due in part to its 78 percent graduation rate and low growth quotient.
To see how other schools placed in the area, visit www.mischooldata.org/SchoolIndex/Location.aspx