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A new online database released today by the Mackinac Center allows users to measure several facets of every high school in Michigan, including graduation rates and ACT scores, as compared to the rest of the state, according to The Bay City Times and WEYI-TV25 in Saginaw.

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“This new Web tool allows Michigan residents to quickly find and better understand a high school’s performance given the school’s unique circumstances,” Michael Van Beek, director of education policy at the Center, told The Times.

Rick Diebold, superintendent of the Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District, told the Petoskey News-Review the database is a "valuable tool."

The Holland Sentinel noted that the Center highlighted Holland High School in its press release announcing the database for having a composite ACT score between 2007 and 2010 that is higher than 72 percent of schools statewide, despite that fact that nearly half of the school's students qualify for federal school lunch subsidies.

WJRT-TV12 in Flint cited parents who said the database will be a valuable resource in deciding what high school to send their children to.