State Supt. Brian Whiston Statement on 30 Schools Coming off Priority Schools List

Contact: Martin Ackley, Director of Public and Governmental Affairs 517-241-4395
Agency: Education

February 2, 2016

LANSING – State Superintendent Brian Whiston made the following statement on the announcement today by Governor Rick Snyder that 30 Michigan schools are coming off the state’s Priority Schools List.

“I congratulate the 30 schools that earned their way off the state’s Priority Schools List. The students and staffs have worked hard to improve their academic achievement. We need to help schools that still struggle academically learn and replicate the strategies these 30 schools have implemented.

“We will continue to pursue these measured and partnered approaches between the State Reform Office, Department of Education, and intermediate and local school districts to do what is best for kids.”

The 30 schools released today, 12 of which are Detroit Public Schools, were among the 88 buildings ranked in the bottom 5 percent in the statewide 2012 Top-To-Bottom Ranking. The schools moving off of the Priority List have met annual goals in reading and math, and tested at least 95 percent of their students, according to the state’s School Reform Office in the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget.

The State Reform Office has provided a list of all Priority Schools and their status is available at the State Reform Office.