The Mackinac Center for Public Policy released its 2016 Michigan Public High School Context and Performance Report Card last month, and Bloomingdale Middle and High School (BMS/HS) received an “A” grade. More impressively, BMS/HS ranked 2nd among all traditional district high schools in the state. When charter schools and schools that “selectively” admit students are also included, BMS/HS ranks 11th among all Michigan public high schools.
This new report demonstrates a trend of improved performance from previous reports for BMS/HS. The Mackinac Center also released Context and Performance Report Cards in 2012 and 2014. BMS/HS received “A” grades and ranked 27th and 19th overall, respectively, among all Michigan public high schools in those reports.
According to the Mackinac Center, many of the state school rankings provided by the Michigan Department of Education do not take poverty rates into account when measuring performance. But research has shown that socioeconomic backgrounds of students can have a large impact on their academic performance. Therefore, the goal of Mackinac Center in providing these reports is “to better inform the debate around relative school effectiveness and to provide parents, educators and school leaders with a more accurate picture of school performance.” (The Michigan Context And Performance Report Card – High Schools 2016, p. 1)
The complete 2016 Michigan Public High School Context and Performance Report Card and a searchable database of all school rankings can be accessed at https://www.mackinac.org/s2017-01.