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Dearborn Schools Named a State Academic Champ

   The Dearborn Public Schools was one of the 54 school districts, out of more than 500 in the state, selected as an Academic State Champion by Bridge Magazine. The report is thepublications third annual ranking of Michigan’s schools from best to worst, based on the test scores and income levels of families. The District placed in the top 15 on the list.

    To determine the winners, Bridge uses a value-added ranking system which measures a school’s test scores adjusted for student family income, which is often a predictor of academic achievement. Essentially, Bridge’s Academic State Champions are being recognized for over-achievement, rather than achievement. A complete list and information on how districts were selected can be found at:

“We are very proud of the hard work our administrative team and teachers have put forth to bring about academic gains in our schools.  This award is a testament to that effort and the ability of all students to achieve in the classroom,” commented Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent Mr. Brian Whiston.

The State Academic Champ designation is another highlight in a string of accolades received by the district.  Recently, Superintendent Whiston was named State Superintendent of the Year by MASA. He attributes the award to the leadership of the Board, dedication of staff, support of parents, and hard work of students.  In addition, the district is anticipating another considerable increase in graduation rates and has been awarded full five year accreditation from AdvancED.

“From big cities to farming communities, quality education is occurring in every corner of Michigan,” said John Bebow, president of The Center for Michigan, which publishes Bridge.

“Our Academic State Champions series takes a close look at what these schools are doing right, in the hopes that their success can be reproduced throughout the state.”