OACS named Academic State Champion

Onaway Area Community Schools were announced as an Academic State Champion by Bridge Magazine on Feb. 3. Only 69 school districts in the state received the recognition.

To determine the winners, Bridge partnered with Public Sector Consultants, Inc. (the state’s leading public policy research firm) to develop a value-added ranking system which measures a school’s tests 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.

“Our staff works extremely hard to ensure student success. Teachers and principals put a great deal of time in not only studying achievement data, but more importantly, they have relationships with our students. These relationships are what will show through on not only student achievement data, but will help to bolster success for several years to come,” said superintentdent Rod Fullerton.

Bridge Magazine is Michigan’s leading nonpartisan, nonprofit, in-depth news service.

It is published three times each week by The Center of Michigan. In-depth education issues analysis is one of Bridge’s specialties.

Read more about Academic State champs at www.bridgemi.com.

“Bridge is pleased once again to honor over-achieving school districts with the Academic State Champs award,” said John Bebow, president and CEO of the The Center for Michigan, which publishes Bridge. “This year’s list of winners demonstrates that educators and students alike can overcome hurdles and prepare the future generation of Michigan workers for success. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners.”