Report adjusts scores to provide apples- to apples comparison
Caroline MacGregor July 27, 2012 | WGVU
Preparatory High School is being called one of the state’s best high schools,
ranking sixth in Michigan and receiving an ‘A’ grade in a report released last
week by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.
by the MacKinac Center for public policy ranks Grand River Prep as one of the top
high schools in Michigan. The rankings are an attempt to provide what the
MacKinac Center calls an “apples-to-apples” comparison of public high schools
by adjusting students’ average standardized test scores to account for
disparities in what they term the socioeconomic status of their student
Socioeconomic status is determined by the percentage of a
school’s students who qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch under a federal
Prep Principal Koree Woodward says research shows students at a disadvantage or
with limited exposure or access to educational opportunities and role models
have to work twice have a huge obstacle to overcome.
"They took into account the socioeconomic status, there's a lot of research out there that says that's a hard obstacle to overcome and we're certainly proud of the fact that we've been able to do that."
asked whether the report can accurately be called apples to apples when
compared with all other public high schools.
"You know, I'm sure there's many an argument out there and there's probably not a right answer I suppose - I'm sure everybody can make their case for whatever stance they want to take on that and be able to make some good point, I'm sure but from where we stand, we are very happy."
credits the teachers who are committed to working under more challenging
circumstances, the students themselves and the parents for efforts that have helped
build a public charter high school that prepares students for college.
River Prep enrolled 471 students this past school year and graduated its first
class last month. Out of 44 seniors in that class 39 seniors were
accepted to a four-year college or university. More than 600 students are
expected to attend Grand River Prep this fall.
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