Bridge Magazine Report Shows Farmington Public Schools in State's Top 40 Percent

The school district ranks 220th in Bridge Magazine’s top-to-bottom list of Michigan schools.

A new report issued by Bridge Magazine this week shows 52 Michigan public school districts and charter schools were named Academic State Champions for the 2011-12 school year.

Placed at 220th on the top-to-bottom list, Farmington Public Schools ranked among the top 40 percent. At the top of the overall list is Star International Academy in Dearborn Heights, with a VAM score of 120. The top-ranked traditional school district is Godwin Heights in Grand Rapids with a score of 116.

Districts were ranked based on schools' test scores adjusted for family income, showing where students are not only achieving but overachieving.

According to the analysis, a Value-Added Matrix (VAM) score of 100 indicates students are achieving at expected levels for their income level. The higher a school's score, the better their students are performing on standardized tests.

An article published at bridgemi.com, explains that Bridge Magazine and Lansing-based Public Sector Consultants came up with the system by measuring "a school’s test scores adjusted for student family income, which is often a predictor of academic achievement." 

Here are Farmington's scores:

Rank Name VAM Score VAM 11th Grade VAM 8th Grade VAM 4th Grade % Free & Reduced Lunch Eligible 220 Farmington Public School District 101.63 100.53 103.58 100.77 27.13


To view a complete searchable database of schools, visit the Bridge Magazine website. Read more about how the list was compiled in Which Mich. Schools Add Most Value for Students?.

David Anderson January 14, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Bloomfield Hills ranked10th, Novi was 92, Northville was 94, Birmingham was 100th, Walled Lake 117, West Bloomfield 140, Plymouth-Canton was 177 and Livonia was 208. This is our competition - not the entire state. These are the districts we need to model. What are they doing that we are not? How can we change, adapt and excel? How are those initiatives to improve the FPS performance on the State Report Card (http://farmington-mi.patch.com/articles/farmington-school-officials-looking-for-more-information-on-state-report-cards) progressing?? How many "new" students were brought into the District because of the 200k expenditure on HCC? Reading recovery going well??


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