Bellaire Public Schools Named 2018 Academic State Champ

Bellaire, Mich. – Bellaire Public Schools was named a 2018 Academic State Champ school district by Bridge Magazine on Tuesday, February 13. Of the 30 school districts recognized statewide, Bellaire was named as Top 10 in the category for small schools.
Bridge Magazine’s 2018 Academic State Champs honors schools for student progress in grades 3 through 8 based on data gathered through a Stanford University analysis of 500 public schools in Michigan. The research was part of a national study of millions of students that measured academic performance and socioeconomic data such as income, family structure and family education.
Bellaire Public Schools Superintendent Jim Emery notes that he and other school leaders and staff are accustomed to studying student outcomes on state assessments such as M-STEP (formerly MEAP) to identify what percentage of students in each grade level meet the state’s definition of proficiency. “The Academic State Champ’s looks at growth from a very different perspective… the use of the Stanford University study data takes into account student socioeconomic information which is a more complex way of measuring student achievement.”
Read Bridge Magazine’s report details here:

Main Report
Top 10 Small School Districts

Upon learning of the 2018 Academic State Champs, Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District Assistant Superintendent Jason Jeffrey congratulated Bellaire Public Schools. “This is a great honor for Bellaire that says much about the students, families, staff and leadership in a very strong school district.”

“The Bellaire community does a terrific job of supporting education and we are very grateful for dedicated staff, students and families who make student growth and achievement a priority.” News of the Bridge Magazine recognition comes on the heels of Bellaire Jr./Sr. High School’s Bronze Medal award as one of the nation’s top high schools for 2017 from U.S. News and World Report. The criteria for the award included: students performing better than expected on state tests; disadvantaged students performing better than the state average; graduation rate meeting or exceeding national standard; and students prepared for college-level work.
Bellaire Public Schools, located in Antrim County, is a public school district serving students in preschool through twelfth grades with quality education. The district office is located at 204 W. Forest Home Ave in Bellaire, Michigan.

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