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Grand Haven Area Public Schools named Academic State Champ
Grand Haven Area Public Schools named Academic State Champ

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Bridge Magazine has again named Grand Haven Area Public Schools an Academic State Champ, placing in the top 10 percent of all Michigan school districts.

Bridge uses a value-added ranking system which measures a school's test scores adjusted for student family income, which is often a predictor of academic achievement. Essentially, Bridge's Academic State Champs are recognized for over-achievement, rather than achievement.

"What is great about this recognition is that it takes into consideration our student demographics, which demonstrate our students are outperforming their peers in other school districts," adds Mary Jane Evink, GHAPS curriculum director. "This is also a reflection of our district's intentional focus to close the achievement gap. Through programs such as the Multi-Tier System of Support (MTSS), our staff meets the needs of students who require extra help. In this way we leverage our resources to ensure success for all."

"This recognition reaffirms our dedication to exceptional education, as well as the exceptional performance of our students, teachers and building administrators,"  says GHAPS Superintendent Keith Konarska. "I am immensely proud of our faculty, staff, and most of all, our students. We are also very grateful to our parents and others in the community who support our students and schools.

A free online magazine, Bridge publishes in-depth stories about the most important issues and challenges facing Michigan written and edited by veteran, award-winning journalists. You can read more about the Academic State Champs at bridgemi.com.