Family courts are inundated with requests for relocations just before the beginning of the school year. According to the Detroit Free Press, Michigan's Department of Education just released its mandated report "2011 Public School Ranking Top to Bottom" for Michigan schools. These rankings may be useful for parents and family lawyers dealing with relocation motions.
The state released the latest round of top-to-bottom school rankings today for Michigan schools. This is the second year the state has created statewide rankings and the methodology has changed; therefore, a school's rank in 2010 is not directly comparable to its rank in 2011. These rankings of student achievement and on growth of student bodies are based on student achievement as shown by test results on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) for elementary/middle school students and the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) for high school students. Something new this year--the top to bottom rankings also include achievement gap data for all schools and graduation rates for high schoools.