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Priority SchoolsPriority Schools (formerly known as Persistently Lowest Achieving Schools) are Michigan public schools identified in the bottom 5% of the statewide Top to Bottom ranking.

For support on Priority Schools, please contact: State School Reform/Redesign Office (SRO) at:
517-335-5310

For support with the Top-to-Bottom Ranking, please contact:

Office of Evaluation, Strategic Research and Accountability (OESRA) at:
877-560-8378, Option 6 or MDE-Accountability@michigan.gov 

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Overview and List

• 2012-13 Priority Schools List (For Print) PDF icon

• 2012-13 Priority Schools Policy Brief PDF icon

• At-A-Glance Overview of Priority Schools PDF icon


Policy Documentation

• Understanding Priority School Status PDF icon

• 2012-13 School Ranking Business Rules PDF icon


Supports for Priority Schools

• Priority Schools Quarterly Progress Report PDF icon

• Uploading Priority and Focus Schools Quarterly Progress Reports in GEMS PPT icon

• A Redistribution of Instructional Time- Elementary School ZIP icon

• A Redistribution of Instructional Time- Elementary School Video

• A Redistribution of Instructional Time- Middle School ZIP icon

• A Redistribution of Instructional Time- Middle School Video

• A Redistribution of Instructional Time- High School ZIP icon

• A Redistribution of Instructional Time- High School Video

• Change in Priority Notification Deadline PDF icon

• Screencasts for the Priority/Focus/Reward Preliminary Scorecard Release

• Data Dialogue Booklet PDF icon

• Overview on Choice/Transfer PDF icon

• Memo on Parent Notification Letters PDF icon

• Parent Notification Process PDF icon

• Memo to Title I Priority Schools PDF icon

• Frequently Asked Questions for Priority Schools PDF icon

• Optional Choice Transfer Transportation Information for Priority Schools PDF icon

• Frequently Asked Questions on Identification and Notification Parent Letters for Title I Priority Schools and Optional Choice/Transfer Program PDF icon


Data and Tools

• 2012-13 Achievement Gap Individual School Lookup Tool Excel icon

• 2012-13 Beating the Odds Individual School Lookup Tool ZIP icon

• 2012-13 District and School Accountability Master Designations File Excel icon

• 2012-13 Top-to-Bottom Individual School Lookup Tool ZIP icon

• Top-to-Bottom Resources for School Use (Diagnostic Worksheet and Sample Communication) PDF icon


Historical Priority School Information

• 2011-12 Priority Schools List PDF icon

• 2011-12 School Ranking Business Rules PDF icon

• 2011-12 Combined Facts and Figures on the Top-to-Bottom Ranking, Reward, Focus, and Priority Schools PDF icon

• 2011-12 Accountability Master Results File (Sortable by ISD, District, and School) Excel icon

• 2010-11 Persistently Lowest Achieving (PLA) Schools List PDF icon

• 2009-10 Persistently Lowest Achieving (PLA) Schools List PDF icon




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