|According to Newsweek magazine, Ithaca High School is ranked the 34th best in the state.
In the nation, it made the top 1,400 high schools, coming in at 1,333.
Ithaca beat schools such as Midland, Owosso, Holland, Hillsdale and Dearborn.
In math, Ithaca totaled 61 percent of its students proficient and in reading, 70 percent.
Midland, for example, totaled a 48 percent proficiency in math and a 66 percent proficiency in reading.
“It shows how well our students perform in math and reading and how “college ready” the students are,” Superintendent Nathan Bootz said. “It’s not just great students, it’s a great faculty. It’s a testament to the instruction throughout the Ithaca district.
“We’re one big team,” he continued. “And it recognizes our staff. It doesn’t come as a surprise to me, I know how good our teachers are, but I’m very proud.”
Fifty five schools in Michigan were ranked, and the rest were not, but scores were available. Many however, had no data available for the “college readiness” category.
In comparison, Mt. Pleasant High School scored an 80 percent proficiency in reading and 70 percent proficiency in math; Alma High School scored slightly lower at 60 percent proficiency in reading and 40 percent in math.
Linda Gittleman is the Gratiot Managing Editor of the Morning Sun and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lgittleman
By LINDA GITTLEMAN
Thursday, May 17,2012