Glen Lake Elementary School is one of the best schools in the state according to a new ranking put out by the Department of Education. Schools in Traverse City, Bellaire, Leland, Kingsley and Benzie Central were also in the top five percent.
The ranking was based on student improvement measured by test scores taken between 2006 and 2010.
It also identified 92 schools in Michigan that are considered failing and will need to submit turn-around plans to the state. A large chunk of the 92 schools listed were from Detroit Public Schools.
The Persistently Lowest Achieving Schools list is a product of legislation approved last year in an effort to win federal Race To The Top dollars. The state did not make the cut for Race To The Top, but the schools on the list still have to institute the reforms. That means they have to choose from a list of reform options, which includes school closure, and submit an improvement plan to the state. If that doesn't work, the schools would risk a state takeover.