Seven schools have been released from the state’s list of lowest-performing schools. But 124 schools are still on the list.
The Michigan School Reform Office released a list of the bottom five percent of schools based on academic performance today. Thirty-one schools were named "priority schools" for the first time. The rest have been on the list before.
Most of the schools on the list come from Detroit, but the list also includes schools in Benton Harbor, Flint, Grand Rapids, and the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan.
The schools have to send the state a plan for how they will improve their performance. Schools are reviewed after four years and if they meet certain criteria, they are removed from the list. This year, the SRO also allowed early release. If a school ranked above the 15th percentile for two straight years and met other requirements, it is taken off the list after two years.
*Correction: An earlier version of this story put the number of priority schools at 184. It is 124.