Several Northern Michigan Schools Ranked In New Performance Report Card

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy ranks elementary and middle schools every year based on tests scores and local economic factors.

The report from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy ranked Baldwin Elementary School at number 70 in the state. Encouraging news for Superintendent Rick Heitmeyer who says the district has focused on making some curriculum changes in recent years.

“We know that the backgrounds of some of our families have been difficult, and we are able to overcome some of those odds because we really work hard with our teachers on professional development for the whole child taking into consideration social and emotional learning and skills,” said Heitmeyer.

It’s a similar story and similar approach at Marion Public Schools. The report put their elementary school at 46th in the state overall, and at 65th most improved.

“We decided to take a look at the whole child. Our kids know more than they were showing on the test and then we had some really serious dialogue about why we think that might be happening,” said Superintendent and Elementary Principal Chris Arrington.

The news comes for Marion on the same day as count day, where districts count the number of students to determine funding from the state that can help fund not only day to day operations, but also programs to continue improving learning.

“We are up 14 students and we’re such a small district and that might not be the biggest news in the world to many districts around the state but for Marion, that is a huge boost in the arm. It’s absolutely validating to see all the hard work that goes in to what we do as a craft as educators and at the end of the day it’s the kids,” said Arrington.