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2012 Top-To-BottomThe Top-to-Bottom list is part of Michigan's school accountability system which ranks schools on their student performance in mathematics, reading, writing, science and social studies and graduation rate data (for high schools).  School performance components include student achievement, improvement and achievement gaps between the highest and lowest scoring 30 percent of students in each school.

This list provides valuable information on the performance of Michigan’s public schools and identifies areas of both strength and challenge. It is also used to determine:
  • Reward Schools, based on the top 5% of schools in the ranking as well as the schools with the highest improvement values from this list. Beating the Odds schools, which are those schools either outperforming their expected ranking or outperforming other similarly-situated schools, are also Reward Schools.
  • Focus Schools, based on the achievement gap component of this list.
  • Priority (formerly Persistently Lowest Achieving), Schools based on the bottom 5% of this list.

All schools are included in the ranking if they have two years of assessment data for 30 or more full academic year students in two or more tested subjects.

These measurements were developed in conjunction with a diverse set of education stakeholders throughout the 2010-2011 school year as part of Michigan's approved federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) flexibility waiver.

More information is available by clicking on the buttons below:

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For support with the Top-to-Bottom Ranking, please contact:

Office of Evaluation, Strategic Research and Accountability (OESRA)
877-560-8378, Option 6 or

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Overview and List

• 2012-13 Top-to-Bottom Rankings List (For Print) PDF icon

• 2012-13 Top-to-Bottom Rankings Policy Brief PDF icon

• Top-to-Bottom Rankings on

• At-A-Glance Overview of the Top-to-Bottom Ranking PDF icon

Support and Documentation

• Screencasts for the Priority/Focus/Reward Preliminary Scorecard Release

• 2012-13 School Ranking Business Rules PDF icon

• Interactive Top-to-Bottom Ranking Presentation (Requires Adobe Flash)

• Understanding the Top-to-Bottom Ranking PPT icon

• Help with Z-Scores PPT icon

Data and Tools

• 2012-13 Beating the Odds Individual School Lookup Tool ZIP icon

• 2012-13 Achievement Gap Individual School Lookup Tool Excel icon

• 2012-13 Top-to-Bottom Individual School Lookup Tool ZIP icon

• 2012-13 District and School Accountability Master Designations File Excel icon

• 2012-13 Data Needed for Replication of the Top-to-Bottom Ranking ZIP icon

• Top-to-Bottom Resources for School Use (Diagnostic Worksheet and Sample Communication) PDF icon

Historical Ranking Information

• 2011-12 Top-to-Bottom Individual School Lookup Tool with School Data Excel icon

• 2011-12 School Ranking Business Rules PDF icon

• 2011-12 Statewide Top-to-Bottom List for Print and Publication PDF icon

• 2011-12 Combined Facts and Figures on the Top-to-Bottom Ranking, Reward, Focus, and Priority Schools PDF icon

• 2011-12 Accountability Master Results File (Sortable by ISD, District, and School) Excel icon

• 2011-12 Data Needed for Replication of the Top-to-Bottom Ranking Excel icon

• 2010-11 Top-to-Bottom School Rankings List Excel icon

• 2010-11 Top-to-Bottom Individual School Lookup Tool with School Data Excel icon

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