This week Bridge Magazine, in collaboration with the Lansing-based research firm of Public Sector Consultants, created a ranking system measuring a school’s test scores adjusted for student family income, which is often a predictor of academic achievement. In essence, it is a ranking not of achievement, but overachievement. In other words, the analysis shows which Michigan schools do the best job in adding value – helping students succeed beyond expected achievement.
According to the analysis, a Value-Added Matrix (VAM) score of 100 indicates students are achieving at expected levels for their income level. The higher a school's score, the better their students are performing on standardized tests. Scores below 100 indicate that students are not achieving at expected levels for their income level.
With a VAM of 105.5, Lake Orion ranks in the state’s top 20%; 109th overall out of 560 school districts. In Oakland County, Lake Orion ranks 7th out of the 28 school districts. (see chart above for Oakland County rankings)This study’s data is only one tool we use to evaluate our yearly progress and shows positive results for Lake Orion Schools. While this is only one indicator of our ongoing efforts for academic improvement, it does show that Lake Orion Schools are providing value greater than what is expected.