Griffin School Annual Education Report

January 31, 2017

Dear Parents and Community Members:

We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2015-16 educational progress for Griffin Elementary. The AER addresses the complex reporting information required by federal and state laws. The school’s report contains information about student assessment, accountability, and teacher quality. If you have any questions about the AER, please contact Instructional Services Director Mary Jane Evink at 616.850.5075 for assistance.

The AER is available for you to review electronically by visiting the following website, or you may review a copy in the main office at your child’s school.

For the 2016-17 year, no new Priority or Focus schools were named; some Priority or Focus schools did exit their status because they met the exit criteria. New Reward schools were identified using school rankings and Beating the Odds information. A Focus school is one that has a large achievement gap between the highest and lowest achieving 30% of schools. A Priority school is one whose achievement and growth is in the lowest 5% of all schools in the state. A Reward school is one that has achieved one or more of the following distinctions: top 5% of schools on the Top-to-Bottom School Rankings, top 5% of schools making the greatest gains in achievement (improvement metric), or “Beating the Odds” by outperforming the school’s predicted ranking and/or similar schools. Some schools are not identified with any of these labels. In these cases no label is given.  

Our school was identified as a Reward school.

Our Griffin School staff is a collaborative team who work to meet the needs of all learners, utilizing research based strategies to meet individual needs. Ongoing interventions are in place that include data driven literacy and math support groups. Teachers utilize formative assessments to determine individual student learning needs and determine the most effective, instructional strategies.

On the new M-STEP state assessment, our school scored above county and state averages in reading, writing, math and science. We continue our goal to have 100 percent of our students be proficient in all core subjects. To help reach this challenge we will continue to use best practice strategies to continue to improve instruction and learning, use formative assessments to check understanding and have a systematic pyramid of interventions.

State law requires that we also report additional information.

Pupil Assignment

Griffin School’s students are assigned to our building by geographic boundaries as well as schools of choice requests.

3-5 Year School Improvement Plan

Our School Improvement Team is a group of teachers and parent volunteers representing a cross-section of grades and expertise, working toward continuous improvement for our school. The School Improvement Team sets specific goals, strategies and activities with a focus on measurable outcomes. This team meets monthly to look at our school progress.

Griffin Elementary School has a detailed plan that outlines our school improvement goals, strategies and activities.

Michigan State Standards

Grand Haven Area Public Schools has joined the state of Michigan in adopting Michigan's State Standards which include the Common Core State Standards. We continue to transition from the Grade Level Content Expectations and High School Content Expectations to fully adopt a more rigorous curriculum in English Language arts, math, and science. We will use the state standards in social studies until new standards are adopted. A copy of the core curriculum, its implementation, and how it may vary from state curriculum can be accessed by contacting the Office of Instructional Services at 616.850.5075.

Parent – Teacher Conferences

Our school program is effective because of the continuous support from our parents. We are very pleased to report that our fall conferences in 2015-16 had 99 percent of our students represented by an adult and 98 percent in the spring. In 2014-15, 99 percent of our students were represented in the fall, and 98 percent of them were represented in the spring. In 2013-14, 99 percent of our students were represented in the fall and 99 percent in the spring. Parent support is key to student success.

We are very proud of our students’ progress, continued growth, and overall success. I look forward to another year of working with our dedicated staff, parents and community in helping our students reach even greater heights.


Debra Mann, Principal

Griffin Elementary School



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