Academic State Champs district press release

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(District name here) named Academic State Champion

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DATELINE (name of your community) – (name of your school district) on February 3 was announced as an Academic State Champion by Bridge Magazine.

Only 69 school districts in the state received this recognition.

To determine the winners, Bridge partnered with Public Sector Consultants, Inc. (the state’s leading public policy research firm) to develop a value-added ranking system which measures a school’s test scores adjusted for student family income, which is often a predictor of academic achievement. Essentially, Bridge’s Academic State Champions are being recognized for over-achievement, rather than achievement.

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Bridge Magazine is Michigan’s leading nonpartisan, nonprofit, in-depth news service. It is published three times each week by The Center for Michigan. In-depth education issues analysis is one of Bridge’s specialties. Read more about Academic State Champs at

“Bridge is pleased once again to honor over-achieving school districts with the Academic State Champs award,” said John Bebow, president and CEO of The Center for Michigan, which publishes Bridge. “This year’s list of winners demonstrates that educators and students alike can overcome hurdles and prepare the future generation of Michigan workers for success. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!”


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