WIC academic champs—again


Staff Writer

IRON RIVER – West Iron County Public Schools has been named to Bridge Magazine’s annual Academic State Champions list for the second year in a row.

The list honors the top ten percent of Michigan’s public and charter schools based on standardized test scores from the past three years while taking students’ socioeconomic status into account.

According to Bridge Magazine, the calculations identify how well school districts are helping their students to achieve when compared to other school districts with similar student economic attributes.

Out of the 540 schools ranked this year, the top 54 earned Academic State Champion honors.

West Iron ranked 52nd this year. Last year, it ranked 42nd out of 560 schools.

West Iron Superintendent Chris Thomson was pleased with the back-to-back honors.

“It’s validation for how hard our administrative, teaching, and support staff is working to improve teaching and learning in our schools,” he said. “We try to get better every day.”

Other Upper Peninsula schools on this year’s Academic State Champions list included Calumet Schools in ninth place, Chassell Township Schools in 27th place, Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Schools in 33rd place, and Gwinn Schools in 40th place.

Local schools ranked as follows: Norway-Vulcan Schools, 152nd place; Breitung Township Schools, 233rd place; Iron Mountain Schools, 311th place; Forest Park Schools, 329th place; and North Dickinson Schools, 518th place.

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