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      State releases new scorecard for ranking schools

      Michigan Education officials have released rankings for public schools and districts based on their ability to meet or exceed goals. The 2013 School Accountability Scorecards were made public Tuesday.

      The new system assigns colors that correspond to how well or how poorly schools and districts perform. Green is the highest ranking, while red is the lowest.

      Rankings partly are dictated by student proficiency on state tests and graduation or attendance rates.

      Michigan received a flexibility waiver last summer from the federal Education Department under the No Child Left Behind Act that eliminates Adequate Yearly Progress reports. One of every five Michigan public schools failed to meet yearly progress goals under the federal law in the 2010-11 school year.

      Ranking high on the scoreboard in the Upper Peninsula include: Sleight Elementary School in the Ironwood School District with a 94 reward, North Central Junior and Senior High with a 91 reward, and Calumet High School also with a 91 reward.

      On the other ends of the scale for U.P. schools: The Three Lakes Academy in the eastern Upper Peninsula is listed as a priority at a zero, and the Nah Tah Wahsh Public School Academy in the Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District is a three priority.

      To view more scorecards, click here.