Saturday, January 12, 2013

Lake Orion Schools rank in the state's top 20% for helping students succeed beyond expected achievement!

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.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

LOCS Elementary Schools Identified as High Performing Reward Schools

The Michigan Department of Education has named six LO elementary schools as "High Performing Reward Schools" for 2012-13.  Only 344 of the 4,247 schools in Michigan received this designation.

High Performing Schools demonstrate high achievement on state assessments in all five core subjects (reading, writing, math, science and social studies), are high on improvement and are closing the achievement gaps!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Showcasing Education

Every morning I wake early and go online to read the news from the local TV stations and newspapers (WYXZ, WDIV, CBSDetroit/FREEP/DETROIT NEWS, OAKLAND PRESS, etc.).   The online editions cover just about everything from news, stocks, entertainment, lifestyle, sports, weather, traffic, etc. with easy access to each of these areas by clicking the links at the top of the screen.

How nice it would be if a link would be added to include content about EDUCATION.  Instead, I can read about food, travel, pets, my horoscope, tips from Dr. Oz and the happenings of the Kardashian’s but can not read about the excellence in our educational system!

Isn’t news about our educational system as important as any of those highlighted?  This would be of great benefit not only to share the remarkable stories about what is occurring in our schools and classrooms but also to educate readers about curriculum, instructional methods, and assessment.

It is time that the news supports our educational system by showcasing what we are doing in schools that have a positive impact on our youth.  We need to be honoring and recognizing the dedicated teachers, administrators and support staff members who, in their parents’ absence, educate, love, care for and keep children safe every day. The recent media coverage of the Connecticut tragedy refers to the teachers, administrators and support staff as “heroes” for behaving in a manner that protected the children before themselves.  Our educators are heroes every single day who believe in service beyond self, a rare quality today.