MI Dept. of Education removes several schools from focus list


JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – Dibble Elementary School was considered a ‘focus’ school for three years.  Up until this past week.  Until they were taken off that list after meeting the goals required by the Department of Education.

Michigan Department of Education Statewide System of Support Manager Karyn Ruple said, “what’s important is for the district to work with their schools to see why they are not meeting the needs of all students.  There are students at the bottom 30% who are falling through the cracks and not achieving as well as other students.”

The Michigan Department of Education developed the ‘focus’ and ‘priority’ lists to give students a chance to achieve better grades.

“We’re looking at all students and recognize that while you may have some very good programs in place and the majority of your students are doing well, there’s always going to be those students who don’t necessarily respond to the same instructional delivery or some of the same methods,” said Michigan Department of Education School Improvement Unit Supervisor Bill Witt.

Dibble Elementary was one of 309 total ‘focus’ schools throughout Michigan.  96 were released from that list this week, including five in Ingham County and one each in Jackson, Eaton, and Shiawassee Counties.  At Dibble, hard work was key.

“We intentionally met every other week and did lots of data studies to look at our children’s scores and the progress they were making and that was a big piece of the turnaround for us,” said Dibble Elementary School Principal Pamela Perlos.

The Michigan Department of Education states you must wait three years to be taken off the ‘focus’ list.

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