Analysis: See which Michigan schools add most value for students
- Read more about local schools: Report: Ann Arbor Public Schools, Central Academy beat test-score expectations
A new Bridge Magazine analysis released Thursday ranks Michigan schools based on schools' test scores adjusted for family income, showing where students are not only achieving but overachieving.
Joseph Tobianski | AnnArbor.com
Bridge and Public Sector Consultants created a Value-Added Matrix (VAM) to determine its 2012 Academic State Champs, celebrating schools that are finding a way to push learning through the socioeconomic ceiling.
School districts traditionally thought of as high-performing do well in the analysis, but the top 10 is dominated by charter schools and high-poverty districts not typically recognized for academic success.
Bridge says the methodology may seem counterintuitive to some, but it also shows the complexity of comparing success and failure in vastly different school districts.
Locally, Ann Arbor Public Schools and charter school Central Academy both made the rankings. AAPS is among the top-10 value-added affluent and traditional school districts in the state, while Central Academy is the fifth most value-added school in all categories.