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Alcona, Hillman & Tawas schools “Beating the Odds”

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on November 10, 2011 – 6:30 amNo Comment

Three schools in northeast Michigan have been identified as “Beating the Odds” – outperforming schools with similar risk factors and demographic composition.

The Michigan Department of Education has released a list of 123 “Beating the Odds” schools, which were chosen through two separate studies using considerably different methodologies.

Hillman Elementary School, Clara B. Bolen Elementary School in Tawas and North Ohio Elementary School in Gaylord were among 60 schools identified through “Study 1.” 

These schools are performing above their predicted levels based on risk factors such as percent of students economically disadvantaged; percent of students with disabilities; percent English language learners; and percent minority students.

Alcona Community High School was among 83 schools identified through “Study 2.”  Those schools performed better than a comparison group of schools with similar demographics.

Of the 123 schools identified, 20 schools meet both study criteria. 

“Beating the Odds” schools are credited with various factors for their success including highly qualified and dedicated staff; high academic and behavioral expectations; strong community and parent involvement; and staff commitment to do whatever it takes to help students succeed.

The two studies were based on 2010-11 school year data.

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