ERIC Number: ED560069
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct-10
Abstractor: As Provided
Michigan's Top-to-Bottom Ranking: A Measure of School Quality or Student Poverty?
Mackinac Center for Public Policy
This study examines the state's "Top-to-Bottom" ranking, which has been repeatedly criticized by educators for appearing to be correlated with school poverty rates. Mackinac Center research finds that schools that serve more lower-income students tend to receive lower scores on the TTB list. These results matters because TTB rankings are used to impose consequences on low-ranking schools. This study suggests that Michigan should look at how other states rank schools in an attempt to reduce the likelihood of penalizing schools that serve lower-income students. It also makes the case that a choice-based accountability system is preferred, as it would allow students to escape schools that are not serving their needs and reduce the risk of penalizing undeservedly low-ranked schools. Data sources are appended.
Descriptors: Institutional Characteristics, Educational Quality, Poverty, Elementary Schools, Correlation, Low Income Groups, Scores, Low Achievement, School Choice, Accountability, Evaluation Methods, Financial Support, Charter Schools, School Districts, Geographic Location, Barriers
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Identifiers - Location: Michigan