DETROIT – Twenty schools were named as “beating the odds” by the Michigan Department of Education recently, a term used to point out schools whose students are performing better than predicted, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The schools were chosen based on two studies, the Free Press reported. One study compared actual performance to predicted performance among schools with such risk factors as high poverty levels and large numbers of minority students, while the second study identified schools that outperformed a comparison group with similar demographics.

Combined, the studies identified 123 schools, but only 20 schools showed up on both lists, the Free Press reported.

In the Detroit area, that included Iris Becker Elementary and Howe Trainable Center and Montessori, both in Dearborn Public Schools, and the Business Entrepreneurship, Science and Technology Academy in Highland Park and the M.L. King Jr. Education Center Academy in Detroit, according to the Free Press.

Four schools made both the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 lists: the MLK Academy in Detroit, Winn Elementary in Shepherd Public Schools, North Godwin Elementary in Godwin Heights Public Schools and Glenwood Elementary in Kentwood Public Schools, the Free Press reported.


Detroit Free Press, “4 metro Detroit schools ID'd as beating the odds by state,” Nov. 8, 2011


Michigan Education Report, “Dove Academy: The end goal is a college degree,” March 3, 2010