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Posted on Thu, Sep 3, 2009 : 10:18 a.m.

All Washtenaw County school districts meet federal AYP standard

By David Jesse

All 10 traditional schools districts in Washtenaw County met the federal Adequate Yearly Progress measurements, the state of Michigan reported this morning.

However, a trio of local high schools didn’t meet the guidelines: Ann Arbor’s Stone High School, Willow Run High School and Ypsilanti High School.

View reports for all
Washtenaw County schools

The state of Michigan released
AYP status and grades for
all schools and districts in the state.
Click on each link below to view a
PDF showing how your school did.

Schools Meeting AYP

Districts Meeting AYP

Schools Not Meeting AYP

AYP shows how well schools and school districts are meeting common standards of academic performance.

Performance objectives need to be met for AYP. By 2013-14, schools need to have all their students 100 percent proficient on the MEAP (for elementary and middle school students) and the Michigan Merit Exam (for high school students).

In addition, in grades 3 to 8, schools must have an average daily attendance rate of 85 percent or higher. High schools must have a 85 percent graduation rate.

All of the items are measured not only for the entire school, but also for subgroups like special education, economically disadvantaged and others. To make AYP, a school has to have all its subgroups meet all the criteria. Missing one means the school doesn't make AYP.

Schools receiving Title I funding, a federal program that provides resources to schools in areas of economic need, could face sanctions under the federal No Child Left Behind Act if the school doesn't make AYP for two or more years in a row. These sanctions increase in severity for every year a Title I school does not make AYP.

This story will be updated later with data from the state, including a letter grade for each school in the county.

David Jesse covers K-12 education for You can reach him at or 734-623-2534.


David Jesse

Fri, Sep 4, 2009 : 12:07 p.m.

A traditional school district are those school district like Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, etc. that have been around for a while. Non-traditional school districts are charter schools. They are listed under the school level data spreadsheet above. They all did pass as well. You can find out much more on sanctions, etc., at this link: Both Ypsilanti and Willow Run high schools are in the phase of sanctions requiring restructuring. Ypsilanti had a committee that met all last year and is getting ready to put the changes in place. We'll try to track down those details when we can. Also, this is what the state says about how a district can make AYP when one of its school doesn't: "The district's AYP status is based on the same formula, but is applied to the aggregate data of the district's Title I schools. The district will receive AYP reports for both Title I and non-Title I schools."

Matt Hampel

Fri, Sep 4, 2009 : 9:59 a.m.

What is a "traditional" school district? (or, perhaps more importantly, what is the inverse, what are their names, and did they pass?) Can you give your last paragraph some real and relative magnitude? Schools "could face sanctions" -- how much? Sanctions "increase in severity" -- how much? Is this the first year the schools have missed AYP?

Steve Hendel

Fri, Sep 4, 2009 : 9:22 a.m.

Please explain-how can the district be said to be in compliance while one or more of the schools within it are not?

Rod Johnson

Thu, Sep 3, 2009 : 8:18 p.m.

Ah, found it in the state data--it got an A. (District code 81901)

Rod Johnson

Thu, Sep 3, 2009 : 8:12 p.m.

I don't see Honey Creek Community School in your list anywhere. It's in the same building as High Point, so it seems like it should show up.

David Jesse

Thu, Sep 3, 2009 : 4:02 p.m.

All three of the schools that didn't make AYP locally are Title I schools. I have calls out to the various school districts seeking comment. Haven't heard back from anyone. I know from previous stories that students who are poor have lower academic achievement than any other subgroup, so it would make sense that Title I schools would struggle with AYP.


Thu, Sep 3, 2009 : 3:57 p.m.

David, I would be interested in knowing which schools receive Title 1 funding and whether there is, in fact, a correlation between that and how well schools perform on these AYP criteria.


Thu, Sep 3, 2009 : 2:26 p.m.

Aren't Willow Run and Ypsilanti both traditional school districts? And they're both in Washtenaw County? If these two statements are correct, then the headline is wrong.