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Compared to an Average District

The chart above compares actual East Grand Rapids Special Education numbers for the year ended 2012 to an average district.

  • We compared EGRPS to all Michigan public districts with more than 1000 students (n=358). EGRPS has about 3000 students.
  • The average percentage of special education students in these 358 districts was 12.67%
  • Last year, EGRPS had 3,003 students (K-12 + early childhood special ed students). 3,003 times the 12.67% is 380 special ed students, the number of special education students EGRPS would have if it were an average district. These 380 students were distributed into respective disabilities based on State averages.
  • Remember, we are not comparing EGRPS to large urban districts like Detroit City Schools (17%), Flint (14.2%), or Grand Rapids (19.5%); we are comparing it to the average Michigan school district
  • Note the huge disparities in nearly all categories. This is what happens when the District cuts the special ed population 45% in just five years, to the lowest level of any public K-12 district in the state.
  • Note the number of students with identified learning disabilities is nearly only 25% of what an average district of East’s size would have. Perhaps that has something to do with the highly restrictive eligibility policy EGRPS wrote.

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Less than Half the Special Ed Kids of an Average District

  • EGRPS had 178 total special education students in the fall count for the year ended 2012.
  • The average percentage of special education students in Michigan public districts with more than 1000 students was 12.67%. Remember, these are not the districts with the highest special education percentages; this is the average of these 358 districts.
  • If EGRPS were an average district, we would have 380 special education students, not 178. That’s a difference of 202 kids, a difference greater than the actual number of currently identified special ed students
  • No one is saying we need to be average, but when 99.5% of the other districts have higher special education identification rates, when EGRPS is more than two standard deviations below the mean special ed identification rate, and when two of the district’s five schools have among the worst achievement gaps in the state, something is likely wrong. Disabilities don’t somehow magically stop at the district borders.
  • If we truly had so few kids needing help, our overall performance scores would be much higher. They’re not.
  • The low percentage of identified special education students is not inconsistent with the State’s designation of two EGR schools as Focus Schools, schools that “have the greatest issues in supporting their lowest achieving students, whether their overall performance is high or low.” The State says, “The Focus Schools cohort represents the urgency of our commitment to make visible these students (even in relatively high-performing schools) whose needs are not being fully met, and to hold ourselves accountable for finding ways to help them succeed.”
  • The data for the above chart comes from the Center for Education Performance and Information. In the table below, you can see how East compares to the 358 other districts. The special education data was extracted from the State’s 2011/2012 special ed count, and the Focus School data comes from the Michigan Department of Education.
DISTRICTSStudents with IEPs All
Students
Special Ed. PercentageFocus
Schools*
Totals: MI Public Districts w >1000 Students (n=358)
177,822 1,397,647 12.73% 308
Average District (Each District Weighted Equally)
497 3,904 12.66%
Standard Deviation
3.16%
INDIVIDUAL DISTRICTS
Fulton Schools58 1,099 5.28%-
East Grand Rapids Public Schools178 3,003 5.93%2
DeWitt Public Schools186 2,994 6.21%-
Otsego Public Schools155 2,417 6.41%-
St. Joseph Public Schools195 2,880 6.77%-
Rockford Public Schools612 8,543 7.16%-
Gull Lake Community Schools237 3,298 7.19%1
Houghton-Portage Township School District96 1,333 7.20%1
Berrien Springs Public Schools219 2,921 7.50%2
Berkley School District457 6,086 7.51%2
Laingsburg Community Schools90 1,166 7.72%-
Novi Community School District551 7,129 7.73%7
Bath Community Schools79 1,016 7.78%1
Sturgis Public Schools268 3,375 7.94%1
Goodrich Area Schools180 2,253 7.99%-
Mattawan Consolidated School302 3,780 7.99%-
Olivet Community Schools129 1,599 8.07%1
Bronson Community School District93 1,147 8.11%1
Lakeshore School District (Berrien)244 2,950 8.27%1
Hartland Consolidated Schools473 5,610 8.43%-
Armada Area Schools171 2,017 8.48%-
St. Johns Public Schools281 3,299 8.52%-
Hamtramck, School District of the City of261 3,063 8.52%1
Riverview Community School District271 3,179 8.52%-
Hopkins Public Schools147 1,718 8.56%-
Clare Public Schools133 1,545 8.61%-
East Lansing School District316 3,665 8.62%7
Ferndale Public Schools331 3,828 8.65%1
Kent City Community Schools145 1,673 8.67%1
Cheboygan Area Schools170 1,934 8.79%-
Spring Lake Public Schools229 2,581 8.87%-
Forest Hills Public Schools916 10,262 8.93%1
Troy School District 1,113 12,426 8.96%12
Allendale Public Schools233 2,590 9.00%-
Schoolcraft Community Schools100 1,110 9.01%-
Lakeview Public Schools (Macomb)387 4,287 9.03%-
Mona Shores Public School District345 3,819 9.03%-
Bangor Public Schools (Van Buren)116 1,263 9.18%-
Gaylord Community Schools312 3,397 9.18%-
Caledonia Community Schools485 5,276 9.19%-
Pennfield Schools196 2,127 9.21%-
West Ottawa Public School District739 7,972 9.27%5
Northville Public Schools744 8,011 9.29%3
Hudsonville Public School District658 7,079 9.30%-
Vicksburg Community Schools237 2,538 9.34%1
Williamston Community Schools192 2,056 9.34%-
South Lake Schools301 3,223 9.34%2
Oak Park, School District of the City of393 4,203 9.35%-
Dundee Community Schools152 1,620 9.38%-
Plymouth-Canton Community Schools 1,879 20,001 9.39%5
Oxford Community Schools509 5,416 9.40%1
Quincy Community Schools121 1,278 9.47%2
Napoleon Community Schools145 1,528 9.49%-
Bendle Public Schools210 2,207 9.52%1
Public Schools of Calumet144 1,507 9.56%-
Comstock Public Schools269 2,814 9.56%-
Grosse Ile Township Schools179 1,870 9.57%-
Melvindale-North Allen Park Schools273 2,851 9.58%-
Jonesville Community Schools141 1,472 9.58%-
Clintondale Community Schools400 4,165 9.60%-
Clinton Community Schools112 1,165 9.61%-
Parchment School District171 1,778 9.62%3
Thornapple Kellogg School District301 3,098 9.72%-
Imlay City Community Schools224 2,301 9.73%-
Fennville Public Schools146 1,493 9.78%-
Carson City-Crystal Area Schools107 1,089 9.83%-
Lowell Area Schools388 3,911 9.92%-
Byron Center Public Schools353 3,554 9.93%1
Public Schools of Petoskey308 3,095 9.95%1
Grand Blanc Community Schools874 8,781 9.95%-
Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools116 1,160 10.00%1
Ecorse Public Schools106 1,060 10.00%-
Elk Rapids Schools144 1,433 10.05%1
Onsted Community Schools156 1,552 10.05%-
Dearborn Heights School District #7301 2,991 10.06%1
Avondale School District395 3,912 10.10%2
Negaunee Public Schools150 1,483 10.11%-
Jenison Public Schools504 4,977 10.13%-
Croswell-Lexington Community Schools222 2,189 10.14%-
Zeeland Public Schools670 6,582 10.18%-
Dearborn City School District 2,037 19,933 10.22%6
Coldwater Community Schools312 3,027 10.31%1
Plainwell Community Schools283 2,732 10.36%-
Allen Park Public Schools409 3,945 10.37%-
Cassopolis Public Schools117 1,126 10.39%-
Farmington Public School District 1,336 12,834 10.41%11
Lakeview Sch. District (Calhoun)466 4,475 10.41%-
Portage Public Schools923 8,860 10.42%-
Iron Mountain Public Schools131 1,256 10.43%-
Beecher Community School District191 1,830 10.44%-
Grass Lake Community Schools133 1,273 10.45%-
Edwardsburg Public Schools285 2,725 10.46%-
Center Line Public Schools303 2,895 10.47%2
Mason Consolidated Schools (Monroe)134 1,277 10.49%-
Kenowa Hills Public Schools354 3,366 10.52%-
Warren Consolidated Schools 1,644 15,605 10.54%6
Crestwood School District375 3,550 10.56%-
Jackson Public Schools779 7,315 10.65%2
Ovid-Elsie Area Schools182 1,708 10.66%-
Kingsley Area Schools158 1,482 10.66%-
Lake Fenton Community Schools204 1,913 10.66%-
School District of the City of Royal Oak562 5,262 10.68%2
Chippewa Valley Schools 1,761 16,345 10.77%-
Lake City Area School District125 1,160 10.78%-
Charlevoix Public Schools125 1,159 10.79%-
Clio Area School District395 3,662 10.79%1
Davison Community Schools600 5,561 10.79%2
Ravenna Public Schools122 1,128 10.82%-
L'Anse Creuse Public Schools 1,309 12,089 10.83%2
Tecumseh Public Schools322 2,971 10.84%-
Fraser Public Schools583 5,365 10.87%-
Blissfield Community Schools137 1,260 10.87%-
Hartford Public Schools160 1,468 10.90%-
Manistee Area Public Schools204 1,869 10.91%1
Airport Community Schools316 2,894 10.92%-
East China School District542 4,935 10.98%-
Paw Paw Public School District267 2,430 10.99%1
South Haven Public Schools250 2,271 11.01%1
Cadillac Area Public Schools339 3,076 11.02%-
Richmond Community Schools209 1,891 11.05%-
Kelloggsville Public Schools256 2,313 11.07%-
Buchanan Community Schools180 1,626 11.07%-
Walled Lake Consolidated Schools 1,764 15,902 11.09%6
Dexter Community School District402 3,617 11.11%1
Okemos Public Schools437 3,920 11.15%4
Fitzgerald Public Schools335 3,003 11.16%-
Utica Community Schools 3,459 30,954 11.17%7
Grand Haven Area Public Schools704 6,280 11.21%1
Adrian, School District of the City of361 3,195 11.30%-
Marysville Public Schools306 2,687 11.39%-
Central Montcalm Public Schools214 1,879 11.39%-
Tawas Area Schools149 1,307 11.40%-
Hanover-Horton School District147 1,288 11.41%-
Lawton Community School District116 1,016 11.42%1
Ann Arbor Public Schools 1,932 16,921 11.42%27
Sandusky Community School District125 1,094 11.43%-
St. Louis Public Schools132 1,155 11.43%-
West Bloomfield School District786 6,873 11.44%6
Lake Orion Community Schools897 7,834 11.45%4
School District of the City of Birmingham993 8,662 11.46%-
Brandywine Community Schools162 1,413 11.46%-
Godfrey-Lee Public Schools214 1,865 11.47%-
Oakridge Public Schools218 1,888 11.55%-
Constantine Public School District171 1,480 11.55%-
Flushing Community Schools495 4,269 11.60%-
Traverse City Area Public Schools 1,367 11,761 11.62%1
Portland Public Schools272 2,337 11.64%1
Watervliet School District159 1,364 11.66%1
Wayland Union Schools334 2,864 11.66%2
Leslie Public Schools162 1,389 11.66%-
Grant Public School District242 2,071 11.69%-
Essexville-Hampton Public Schools208 1,778 11.70%-
Coloma Community Schools221 1,881 11.75%-
Rochester Community School District 1,819 15,420 11.80%9
Alpena Public Schools480 4,057 11.83%1
Western School District354 2,987 11.85%2
Ida Public School District180 1,511 11.91%-
North Branch Area Schools294 2,458 11.96%-
East Jordan Public Schools123 1,028 11.96%-
Hamilton Community Schools322 2,685 11.99%-
Brandon School District: Oakland and Lapeer396 3,301 12.00%-
Grandville Public Schools706 5,864 12.04%1
Fenton Area Public Schools428 3,554 12.04%-
Newaygo Public School District207 1,718 12.05%-
Haslett Public Schools330 2,734 12.07%1
Vandercook Lake Public Schools154 1,275 12.08%-
Brighton Area Schools818 6,714 12.18%-
School District of the City of Inkster325 2,659 12.22%1
Freeland Community School District228 1,864 12.23%-
Pinckney Community Schools528 4,314 12.24%1
Gladstone Area Schools192 1,566 12.26%-
Chelsea School District307 2,503 12.27%3
Hesperia Community Schools160 1,302 12.29%-
Harper Creek Community Schools312 2,537 12.30%-
Corunna Public Schools278 2,260 12.30%-
Shelby Public Schools207 1,679 12.33%-
Yale Public Schools260 2,106 12.35%-
Byron Area Schools143 1,153 12.40%-
Charlotte Public Schools337 2,717 12.40%1
Howell Public Schools 1,038 8,365 12.41%-
Romeo Community Schools752 6,052 12.43%-
Milan Area Schools324 2,600 12.46%3
Lake Shore Public Schools (Macomb)448 3,592 12.47%-
South Lyon Community Schools885 7,089 12.48%5
Marlette Community Schools128 1,022 12.52%-
Tri County Area Schools284 2,267 12.53%-
Waterford School District 1,445 11,481 12.59%1
Fruitport Community Schools427 3,383 12.62%-
Comstock Park Public Schools301 2,381 12.64%-
Godwin Heights Public Schools312 2,462 12.67%-
Clarkston Community School District 1,030 8,127 12.67%3
Dowagiac Union School District307 2,420 12.69%-
Big Rapids Public Schools270 2,128 12.69%-
Three Rivers Community Schools346 2,717 12.73%-
Huron Valley Schools 1,275 10,009 12.74%-
Kalamazoo Public Schools 1,706 13,377 12.75%8
Huron School District341 2,673 12.76%-
Jefferson Schools (Monroe)277 2,169 12.77%-
Lakeview Community Schools (Montcalm)180 1,409 12.78%-
Anchor Bay School District829 6,482 12.79%-
Cass City Public Schools146 1,141 12.80%-
Midland Public Schools 1,112 8,689 12.80%5
Hastings Area School District378 2,949 12.82%-
Southfield Public School District 1,012 7,876 12.85%1
Millington Community Schools207 1,609 12.87%1
Marshall Public Schools303 2,352 12.88%1
West Branch-Rose City Area Schools292 2,260 12.92%-
Mason County Central Schools193 1,490 12.95%-
Standish-Sterling Community Schools227 1,752 12.96%-
Monroe Public Schools854 6,591 12.96%-
Saginaw Township Community Schools740 5,694 13.00%-
Romulus Community Schools437 3,362 13.00%-
Ithaca Public Schools174 1,336 13.02%2
St. Charles Community Schools145 1,112 13.04%-
Springport Public Schools137 1,050 13.05%-
Coopersville Area Public School District349 2,666 13.09%1
Mason Public Schools (Ingham)397 3,032 13.09%1
Holt Public Schools780 5,933 13.15%6
Almont Community Schools221 1,675 13.19%-
Bedford Public Schools640 4,831 13.25%-
Saline Area Schools709 5,341 13.27%3
Clawson Public Schools302 2,261 13.36%-
Menominee Area Public Schools230 1,720 13.37%-
Hart Public School District184 1,373 13.40%-
Northwest Community Schools386 2,875 13.43%-
Orchard View Schools363 2,698 13.45%-
Grosse Pointe Public Schools 1,154 8,566 13.47%5
Swan Valley School District246 1,824 13.49%-
Algonac Community School District266 1,971 13.50%-
Allegan Public Schools366 2,710 13.51%-
South Redford School District449 3,313 13.55%1
Madison School District (Lenawee)207 1,525 13.57%-
Swartz Creek Community Schools542 3,979 13.62%-
Lapeer Community Schools871 6,364 13.69%1
Whitehall District Schools307 2,240 13.71%2
Kalkaska Public Schools226 1,648 13.71%-
Northview Public Schools480 3,497 13.73%-
Delton Kellogg Schools210 1,526 13.76%-
Maple Valley Schools171 1,238 13.81%-
Kearsley Community School District443 3,203 13.83%-
Ludington Area School District322 2,325 13.85%-
Manchester Community Schools168 1,213 13.85%-
Birch Run Area Schools263 1,898 13.86%-
Wyoming Public Schools690 4,977 13.86%-
Farwell Area Schools202 1,454 13.89%1
Lincoln Park, School District of the City of674 4,847 13.91%-
Saranac Community Schools167 1,199 13.93%1
Madison District Public Schools189 1,353 13.97%-
Boyne City Public Schools183 1,307 14.00%1
Benzie County Central Schools241 1,716 14.04%1
Columbia School District217 1,541 14.08%-
Kentwood Public Schools 1,260 8,945 14.09%3
Hillsdale Community Schools223 1,575 14.16%-
Flint, School District of the City of 1,530 10,799 14.17%1
Escanaba Area Public Schools378 2,657 14.23%-
Benton Harbor Area Schools442 3,106 14.23%-
Homer Community School District150 1,054 14.23%-
Gibraltar School District546 3,831 14.25%-
Bangor Township Schools363 2,544 14.27%-
Greenville Public Schools566 3,964 14.28%-
Westwood Community School District406 2,837 14.31%-
Fowlerville Community Schools432 3,010 14.35%-
Michigan Center School District198 1,378 14.37%1
Port Huron Area School District 1,473 10,245 14.38%3
Fremont Public School District333 2,309 14.42%-
Holland City School District751 5,202 14.44%1
Meridian Public Schools187 1,293 14.46%1
Bad Axe Public Schools167 1,149 14.53%1
Clarenceville School District273 1,878 14.54%-
East Jackson Community Schools181 1,245 14.54%-
Bullock Creek School District289 1,981 14.59%-
Pinconning Area Schools237 1,624 14.59%-
Mt. Morris Consolidated Schools369 2,521 14.64%-
Livonia Public Schools School District 2,606 17,781 14.66%6
Lamphere Public Schools465 3,165 14.69%3
Stockbridge Community Schools231 1,572 14.69%-
Saginaw, School District of the City of 1,226 8,323 14.73%-
Eaton Rapids Public Schools391 2,646 14.78%-
Hazel Park, School District of the City of692 4,670 14.82%-
Niles Community Schools589 3,971 14.83%-
LakeVille Community School District242 1,628 14.86%-
Caro Community Schools284 1,908 14.88%-
Gladwin Community Schools272 1,825 14.90%1
Van Buren Public Schools816 5,472 14.91%1
Sparta Area Schools435 2,910 14.95%-
Durand Area Schools247 1,649 14.98%-
Battle Creek Public Schools819 5,466 14.98%2
Cedar Springs Public Schools516 3,443 14.99%-
Sault Ste. Marie Area Schools395 2,625 15.05%2
Warren Woods Public Schools594 3,932 15.11%-
Flat Rock Community Schools289 1,912 15.12%-
Perry Public Schools232 1,526 15.20%1
Grand Ledge Public Schools785 5,158 15.22%1
Marquette Area Public Schools510 3,335 15.29%-
Capac Community Schools215 1,401 15.35%-
Reed City Area Public Schools237 1,543 15.36%-
Bay City School District 1,379 8,950 15.41%1
Houghton Lake Community Schools255 1,653 15.43%1
Bloomingdale Public School District194 1,256 15.45%-
NICE Community School District194 1,255 15.46%-
Mt. Pleasant City School District625 4,034 15.49%1
Montague Area Public Schools231 1,490 15.50%-
Union City Community Schools177 1,141 15.51%-
Lakewood Public Schools325 2,093 15.53%-
Owosso Public Schools534 3,423 15.60%1
Belding Area School District330 2,114 15.61%1
Woodhaven-Brownstown School District775 4,957 15.63%-
Reeths-Puffer Schools605 3,862 15.67%-
Wayne-Westland Community School District 2,039 13,005 15.68%2
Breitung Township School District266 1,677 15.86%-
Chippewa Hills School District372 2,307 16.12%-
Waverly Community Schools469 2,886 16.25%1
Chesaning Union Schools270 1,657 16.29%-
Lansing Public School District 2,350 14,391 16.33%-
Linden Community Schools490 2,997 16.35%-
Whittemore-Prescott Area Schools174 1,058 16.45%-
Roseville Community Schools876 5,314 16.48%-
Southgate Community School District934 5,654 16.52%1
Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools730 4,418 16.52%-
Muskegon Heights School District266 1,604 16.58%-
Trenton Public Schools443 2,670 16.59%-
Garden City, School District of the City of920 5,518 16.67%-
Muskegon, Public Schools of the City of933 5,595 16.68%-
Pontiac City School District 1,018 6,093 16.71%-
School District of Ypsilanti627 3,748 16.73%1
Roscommon Area Public Schools238 1,418 16.78%2
Shepherd Public Schools303 1,803 16.81%-
Crawford AuSable Schools283 1,683 16.82%-
Detroit City School District 11,957 70,418 16.98%3
Bloomfield Hills School District965 5,598 17.24%3
Lincoln Consolidated School District799 4,635 17.24%2
Taylor School District 1,296 7,507 17.26%-
Hemlock Public School District230 1,330 17.29%1
Harrison Community Schools275 1,584 17.36%1
East Detroit Public Schools649 3,728 17.41%-
Montrose Community Schools247 1,416 17.44%-
River Rouge, School District of the City of201 1,148 17.51%-
White Cloud Public Schools199 1,123 17.72%-
Frankenmuth School District231 1,295 17.84%-
Vassar Public Schools258 1,414 18.25%1
Morley Stanwood Community Schools250 1,370 18.25%-
Alma Public Schools418 2,290 18.25%1
Bridgeport-Spaulding Community School District276 1,511 18.27%-
Ionia Public Schools595 3,239 18.37%-
Van Dyke Public Schools582 3,134 18.57%2
Harper Woods, The School District of the City of232 1,248 18.59%-
Beaverton Rural Schools249 1,328 18.75%-
Whitmore Lake Public School District214 1,126 19.01%1
Grand Rapids Public Schools 4,547 23,350 19.47%1
Gwinn Area Community Schools245 1,236 19.82%-
Holly Area School District706 3,541 19.94%1
Oscoda Area Schools263 1,305 20.15%1
Willow Run Community Schools379 1,816 20.87%2
Carrollton Public Schools488 2,277 21.43%-
New Haven Community Schools311 1,417 21.95%-
Mount Clemens Community School District362 1,623 22.30%1
Wyandotte, School District of the City of 1,199 4,694 25.54%-
Redford Union Schools, District No. 1869 3,059 28.41%-
Data Source: Center for Educational Performance and Information, Fall Count Year Ended 2012

*Schools identified by the State as having the greatest issues in supporting their lowest achieving students, whether their overall performance is high or low.


The chart below shows the distribution of Michigan special education students by identified disability. The numbers come Data Slides from the Michigan Department of Education Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services. These percentages were used to show how the 380 special ed students in an average 3000-student district would be allocated. Michigan special education identification rates are similar to national special education identification rates.

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But don’t worry about the data from the State or the low identification numbers from EGRPS. There’s nothing wrong. We’ll hold our district up against any other at any time. Oh…it appears we just did. In fact, against 358 of them. Hmmm.

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