OSEC earns top score in state’s new rating system

On a scale of 0 to 100, where does your child’s school rank?

The Michigan Department of Education recently rolled out its new Michigan School Index System results —which provides a rating for Oxford schools and other Michigan public schools based upon performance.

The highest-rated school in Oxford on the Michigan School Index System was Oxford Schools Early College (OSEC), which received a top-score of 100.

Most schools within the district scored above the state average score of 71.89 including Clear Lake Elementary (96.01), Leonard Elementary (93.46), Daniel Axford Elementary (85.22), Oxford Virtual Academy (82.52), Oxford High School (80.23), Oxford Middle School (78.36) and Lakeville Elementary (75.28).

The only three schools within Oxford which fell below the state average score were Oxford Elementary (71.68), Oxford Bridges High School (32.80) and Oxford Crossroads Day School (18.87).

Schools with an index score below 30 will be targeted for improvement, according to the Michigan Department of Education.

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Ken Weaver said he noticed that the district’s lowest-performing schools tended to have a higher population of “subgroups,” or populations of students with disabilities and economically-disadvantaged students, than higher-performing schools.

“The main difference between the (top-scoring schools) in Oxford and the (lowest-scoring schools) in the district is that the (lowest ones) have sub-groups,” said Weaver. “The impact of that subgroup can be quite dramatic on the score of the index score for that school. That doesn’t mean that negates the scores for the building or that the (higher-scoring) buildings don’t have subgroups, but that is a factor that goes into the scores.”

The Michigan School Index System replaces the state’s previous Accountability Scorecard, which used a color-coding system to denote the performance of schools and districts.

The Michigan School Index System does not rank schools, meaning some schools can receive the same scores.

The system provides a rating for nearly all Michigan public schools based upon performance in up to six categories.

The weighted scores were divided into categories: 34 percent based on growth, 29 percent on academic proficiency, 14 percent on what schools offer and how well they are run (school quality/student success), 10 percent on graduation rates, 10 percent on the performance of English Language Learners, and 3 percent based on how many students are tested (assessment participation).

Districts do not receive overall scores through the Michigan School Index system.

For a full break-down of school scores, visit www.mischooldata.org.


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