IRON MOUNTAIN - West Iron County High School is one of the 286 schools across the state that has been designated as a Reward School by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).
"Reward School" is one of three new school designations that came as a result of Michigan receiving flexibility to the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
Reward Schools must make adequate yearly progress and achieve one or more of the following distinctions:
West Iron County High School is one of the 286 schools across the state that has been designated as a Reward School by the Michigan Department of Education.
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- Be in the top five percent of the annual top-to-bottom ranking of all Michigan schools.
- Be in the top five percent of schools that made the greatest academic progress over the past four years.
- Be a school identified as "Beating the Odds" through overcoming traditional barriers to student achievement and outperforming schools with similar risk factors and demographic makeups.
West Iron County High School made the Reward School list by making academic progress over the past four years. It ranked in the 82nd percentile on the 2012 top-to-bottom list.
Six other Upper Peninsula schools, in Escanaba, Stephenson, Ironwood, Calumet, Eben Junction, and Brimley, made the Reward School list.
In addition to the list of Reward Schools, the MDE announced lists of Priority Schools and Focus Schools.
Priority Schools include schools 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.
Two Upper Peninsula schools, Nah Tah Wahsh Public School Academy in Wilson and Three Lakes Academy in Curtis, are listed as Priority Schools. Most Priority Schools are in the Detroit City School District.
Priority Schools will be put under the authority of the State School Reform Office and required to implement an intervention model to improve student achievement.
Focus Schools are the 10 percent of schools that have the largest achievement gaps between the top 30 percent of students and the bottom 30 percent of students.
West Iron County Middle School was identified as one of the Focus Schools.
The MDE will develop and provide district toolkits and district improvement facilitators to Focus Schools. There will be escalating supports and consequences for Focus Schools that do not close their achievement gaps.
All local schools ranked between the 30th percentile and the 82nd percentile on the 2012 top-to-bottom ranking of Michigan schools.
Percentile rankings are listed below.
Iron Mountain Schools: Iron Mountain High School, 74; Central Middle School, 49; North Elementary School, 52; Central Elementary School, 42.
Breitung Township Schools: Kingsford High School, 78; Kingsford Middle School, 62; Woodland Elementary School, 69.
Norway Schools: Norway High School, 30; Vulcan Middle School, 78; Norway Elementary School, 46.
North Dickinson Schools, 34.
North Central Schools: North Central Area Jr./Sr. High School, 81; North Central Elementary School, 82.
Forest Park Schools, 37.
West Iron County Schools: West Iron County High School, 82; West Iron County Middle School, 61; Stambaugh Elementary School, 50.
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