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High Achievement Amid High Poverty: DPS School Tops Performance List

July 9. 2013

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A new study of Michigan elementary and middle schools ranks eight Detroit public schools among the top 100 in student performance when poverty is factored in. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy looked at standardized test scores, income levels, and the percentage of children eligible for free lunch programs. Thirkell Elementary got the highest grade. 84 percent of its fifth graders were proficient on the math and reading portions of the MEAP test, while 90 percent of all its students come from low-income families. Audrey Spaulding authored the study for the Mackinac Center. WDET’s Pat Batcheller asked her if poverty offers a more accurate picture of how individual schools are doing. Click on the audio link above to hear the conversation.

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Photo Courtesy of the Mackinac Institute of Public Policy