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February 19, 2014 - Clarkston Schools ranked 162 out of 540 districts in the state in Bridge Magazine's Achievement Exceeding Predicted Proficiency study.

Bridge Magazine and Public Sector Consultants used test scores and socioeconomic status to determine school performance, with 2011-2013 state standardized tests including fourth and eighth-grade Michigan Educational Assessment Program tests, eleventh-grade Michigan Merit Examination, and ACT (American College Testing) scores for both public and charter schools.

Clarkston, which has 7,921 students and 20.4 percent free and reduced lunch eligibility, scored an Academic Champs Score of 103.07.

An Academic Champs score of 100 indicates a school's students are achieving at expected levels for their income level; the higher the score, the better the school's students are performing on standardized tests.

"We've reached a new high for achievement on the ACT," said Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock. "Our improvement in all areas is an indicator of quality professional learning, excellent teaching, and hard work by our students. We will continue every day to prepare our students for the future."

Clarkston High School students scored a 21.1 composite ACT average in 2013

Lake Orion Schools, which has 7,576 students and 19.2 percent free and reduced lunch eligibility, was ranked 81 in the state. It scored an Academic Champs Score of 105.63. Brandon Schools has 3,168 students and 37.5 percent free and reduced lunch eligibility, was ranked 300 in the state. It scored an Academic Champs Score of 99.18. Oxford, which has 5,321 students and a free/reduced lunch percentage of 22.5, received a 97.7 Academic Champs Score.

Phil Custodio

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