WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - We're learning more about how Michigan schools are performing when it comes to your children's education.
The report released Wednesday shows what schools are making the grade, and which ones need more focus.
The ranking system is two-fold, encompassing both districts and individual schools.
The Michigan Department of Education is using a color system to show how schools state-wide are stacking up to their standards.
Instead of a grade, each district and school is labeled with a color.
Green being the best, yellow in the middle, and red in need of the most improvement.
In West Michigan, there were zero public school districts scoring in the green, but here's how the rest stacked up:
- Battle Creek
- Grand Rapids
- Kalamazoo Public Schools
- Paw Paw
Interested parties will want to take a closer look at how each individual school is scored on their own as well, because the rankings are complex.
Kalamazoo, Portage, Mattawan, and Hastings all have individual schools rated in the top 10 percent statewide ratings based on standardized test scores.
But on the other hand, seven Kalamazoo schools fell in the bottom five percent, and were listed as 'priority schools.'
The Department of Education color-coded based on five factors, including participation, proficiency, and attendance.
This year, 60 new schools statewide ranked in the bottom five percent, and will be placed under the supervision of Michigan's reform school officer.
30 percent of the nearly 3,400 schools met all target areas.
The Department of Education has taken a closer look at each school in every district.
They also show areas of improvement or decline from this year to last.
To take a closer look at the full report, click here.