GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Grand Rapids Public Schools' Lincoln School, which servesspecial education students from communities throughout Kent County,will be removed from a state list of the bottom 5-percentperformers, a state education official told 24 Hour News 8Thursday.
Superintendent Bernard Taylor had expressed surprise about theappearance on the list when it was announced June 14.
The Michigan Department of Education combined 2007-2009 math andEnglish proficiency scores with the rate of improvement in eacharea to create the rankings. The 5 percent of schools at the bottomof the list are eligible for federal improvement dollars. The statelater released a
But "center-based" schools that serve a countywide populationshould not have been included on the list and Lincoln will now beremoved from it, Linda Forward of the MDE told 24 Hour News 8.
"To date, four other schools with similar circumstances werealso removed from the list. Should others surface, they will alsobe removed from the list," she said.
Perhaps more importantly, the removal of Lincoln means it willnot be included on another 5-percent list, based on newer data andset to be released by September 1.
If schools on that new list do not improve in the coming years,they could be taken over by the state.
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