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Clawson Schools Meet AYP, Schalm Named 'Reward School'

Clawson was one of Michigan's school districts to meet Adequate Yearly Progress in 2011-12, despite new stringent requirements from the state.

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) released its school report cards Thursday and Clawson Public Schools was one of the districts to meet all state standards through Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

Among the most successful was Schalm Elementary School in Clawson.

Schalm was listed as a "reward school" - a new designation from the state - meaning it's in the top five percent of schools in Michigan and has made  significant gains in academic progress during recent years.

“We applaud the hard work and achievement of the educators and students in our Reward Schools because they are zeroed in on improving learning,” said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan in a press release. “We need to instill that goal in so many more schools, in order to help all kids be career and college-ready and successful in life.”

The changes this year may not matter in the long run. Because of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) , the state in 2012-2013 will no longer be measuring districts based on AYP. Starting next year, school districts will receive accountability scorecards that use five different colors to recognize varying levels of achievement and accountability for each school and district.

Clawson among districts districts AYP

Clawson was among the many districts in Michigan meeting AYP in both reading and math in 2011-12, according to the MDE.

In total, 52 percent of Michigan districts made AYP this year, down from 93 percent last year. At the school building level, 82 percent of schools — including all schools from Clawson — made AYP across the state, compared to 79 percent last year.

The increase of schools not making AYP is due in part to the now used on the MEAP (Michigan Educational Assessment Program) and MME (Michigan Merit Exam) tests. In addition, the state now factors graduation rates for all students into the calculations and also now includes the achievement of certain student populations who previously may have not been counted.

In the past, districts only needed to meet AYP targets at one of three levels - elementary, middle and high school. Now, they are required to meet them at all three.

Jan Ellis, a spokeswoman for the MDE, said this year's designations put a focus on the achievement gaps between students and really tries to highlight the need for all students to achieve success.

"The goal is to have all students proficient, not just some," she said, adding that in the past there was the ability to mask poor student performance because the focus was on those students who were doing really well.

Another measure of performance on the report cards is the Education Yes! grade, which is based on student achievement, achievement growth and self-assessments from schools. 

New school designations

While AYP was designed to measure student achievement as required by the federal NCLB, the waiver, received last month, frees Michigan from following some of the NCLB rules.

As a result of the waiver, the MDE has identified three new school designations: reward schools, priority schools and focus schools. Not every school fits into one of these categories.

Reward Schools: The top five percent of all Michigan schools in the annual top-to-bottom ranking and the top five percent making the greatest academic progress over the past four years.

Priority Schools: Previously called persistently lowest achieving schools, these are now identified as those in the bottom five percent of the annual top-to-bottom ranking and any high school with a graduation rate of less than 60 percent for three consecutive years. There were 146 priority schools identified this year. These schools will be required to come up with a plan to improve.  None of them are in Brighton.

Focus Schools: The 10 percent of schools with the widest achievement gaps, meaning the academic disparity between the top 30 percent of students and the bottom 30 percent. That list includes 358 schools, many who in the past would be considered high-achieving. The schools are now charged with bridging the gap.

“We are committed to closing the achievement gaps in all of our schools for all of our students,” Flanagan said in the release. “With this measure of transparency, schools will be identified and held accountable for the achievement of all of their students.”


canseeallsides August 02, 2012 at 08:56 PM
corrected link for report cards https://www.mischooldata.org/DistrictSchoolProfiles/ReportCard/SchoolReportCard/SchoolReportCard.aspx
Gene Bean August 04, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Janine, instead of distributing the depositions, exposing the minor's names associated with your lawsuit, and continuously bashing Clawson Public Schools, why don't you focus on something positive for a change? Your case is over, resolved, settled! There are plenty of good people in Clawson who are rooting for our school's success and your constant negativity is counter productive.
Gene Bean August 04, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Oh geez, it looks like I'm talking to myself. I was responding to Janine's post (which has since been deleted). Regardless, this new designation is positive news for Clawson Public Schools and definitely a step in the right direction. Bravo!
John L. August 06, 2012 at 05:32 PM
I genuinely appreciate hearing and reading positive feedback about our schools. This is a great achievement for Schalm. Our other schools definitely need to work harder to get the same status. While I agree that light needs to be shed on the things that need to be addressed in our district, doing so in such a negative way does not help anyone & certainly does not help to repair or improve our district.
Janine Ethier August 06, 2012 at 07:17 PM
All that I did a few days ago, was post two links directly to Clawson schools report cards, and Gene Bean went off. I never mention one thing about a lawsuit. This is someone who sits and criticizes others who try to change things for the better in our schools, while they sit and hide behind a computer and never get involved in a worthwhile cause. Someone under a false name that probably doesn't even live in Clawson. Anyone who posts under a false name should be taken with a grain of salt. The comments border on slanderous, and for them not to be remove is negligent. Apparently my lawsuit which the district settled, bothers this person terribly. Sad......
Gene Bean August 06, 2012 at 11:37 PM
I didn't "go off". I am very proud of the progress we are making in our school and disagree with your negativity. You mention your lawsuit regularly, and you recently criticized The Patch for posting this positive story.
Janine Ethier August 06, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Sounds like you are way to interested in anything I post. ( Kinda sounds like stalking to me) So it is clear, the fact that Kenwood, Middle School and High School all received a "C" grade was not included in this article. So it was not a complete picture of what is going on at CPS. Thats not criticism, it's just plan FACT!!So the story was slanted a bit. I am glad for Schalm, a great job...but what will they be facing in Middle school? I know what I see at the high school. But to lislead the public in making the appearance that all is Fine with Clawson Schools is a slight exaggeration.
Gene Bean August 07, 2012 at 12:46 AM
It's not stalking when I read your public posts, but I'm not surprised that you'd make such an accusation. I will agree that this is not a clear picture because this new grading/accreditation is very complex, but nonetheless it is great news for Schalm and I thank The Patch for sharing the news.
Behonest August 07, 2012 at 08:32 PM
School of choice needs to go NOW!!!!
Gene Bean August 08, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Your writing style (multiple exclamation points and use of all CAPS) looks very familiar.
Janine Ethier August 08, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Sorry Gene Bean, it is not me. I do not hide behind false names, like others. Believe it or not, their are concerned taxpayers and parents in Clawson that are starting to pay attention to what is going on and they are not happy. You just want to blame any trouble on me, but guess what, I am not responsible. The administration has made some, not so good decisions, that has lead our school district to this point. Important lessons should have been learned here, but guess not.
Gene Bean August 08, 2012 at 08:46 PM
What makes you think I was talking about you? I am a concerned taxpayer and a parent of a student of CPS as well. I am extremely interested in everything that happens with our schools and I closely follow what's happening. You can accuse me of having a false screen name if you wish, but at least I don't delete my comments the minute I am called out as you have many many many times in the past. Thank you for the attention on your facebook page by the way. I find it highly amusing.
Janine Ethier August 09, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Bean...I only removed links I posted as to not encourage you, as you have been harassing people on their Facebook pages and I since February of this year. Enough people were burnt, they won't be duped a second time. Since your emails to me from honestyfcps@gmail, trying to scare me off,( I still have the copies), as you can see, I don't scare easy and I don't run.
Gene Bean August 09, 2012 at 01:59 AM
You should be careful making false accusations. I have not harrased anyone on their Facebook page, ever. Responding an opposing view is not harassment. I emailed you to inform you that the depositions you distributed to multiple people clearly displayed the elementary school children's names. That's all I said. I look forward to responding to your next CPS bashing post. Good bye.
Joe Clawson August 10, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Ethier is just an agitator - never seen any real meanignful suggestions to improve the schools - just revengeful dribble. Her Ad Homonym attacks are the lowest form debate and show her lack of intellectual depth.
Mary Dixon August 11, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Joe Clawson, well your intelligence level is a bit questionable since your only debate tactic is a personal attack! Maybe following your own advice and actually choosing a debate topic is in order? Or you and Gene Bean can utilize your fictional names and become comic strip characters. I'm just saying?

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