LANSING — The difficulty with evaluating school districts has been in making “apples-to-apples” comparisons to determine student achievement.
For example, Detroit public schools have a low high school graduation rate and low standardized test scores. But are these results because of the teachers and administrators? Or because the students are from low-income households?
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has released its Michigan Public High School Context and Performance Report Card that examines public high school performance by taking into account family income, producing an “apples-to-apples” comparison for parents and policymakers.