April 25, 2018

Dear Parents and Community Members:

We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER), which provides key information on the 2016-2017 educational progress for Douglas Elementary School. 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 Principal, Michaelle Gust for assistance.

The AER is available for you to review electronically by visiting the following web site: https://goo.gl/1A7YaS, or you may review a copy in the main office at your child’s school.

For the 2016-2017 school year, schools were identified using new definitions and labels as required in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  A Target Support and Improvement (TSI) school is one that has at least one underperforming student subgroup.  An Additional Targeted Support (ATS) school is one that has three or more underperforming student subgroups.  A Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) school is one whose performance is in teh loweest 5% of all schools in the state.  Some school sare not identified with any of these labels.  I these cases, no label is given.


Althought Douglas Elementary School academically outperforms most elementary schools in the region and state, we are always working to improve our practice.  One key challenge for the school includes the following:  Students who are not identified as having low sociaeconomic status significantly outperform students identified as having low SES in all subjects at all grade levels.  Research on poverty and children shows that having a connection with positive adults helps students to achieve academically.  One key initiative to close this gap is the addition of a behavior interventionish assigned to work with students struggling with behavior on the playground or in the classroom.

State law requires that we also report the following additional information:

  1. Process for assigning pupils to school: Students are assigned to our school based on the boundaries of our school district. In addition, students come to Douglas Elementary as schools of choice students from neighboring districts. Our teachers work to balances our classes by size, equal numbers of boys and girls etc. to maintain an optimal learning environment for all students.
  2. School Improvement Plan: Our 2016-17 School Improvement Plan serves as a framework to guide our efforts to improve in all curricular areas. Our teachers review and analyze data annually to adapt our curriculum to meet the needs of our students.
  3. Specialized Schools: We do not provide a specialized school.
  4. Core Curriculum: At Douglas Elementary School we are working to shift our curriculum to meet the requirements of the Common Core curriculum adopted by the State of Michigan. Common Core standards can be reviewed by visiting the Michigan Department of Education website (http://www.michigan.gov/mde).
  5. Student Achievement: Student achievement results on the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress include the following:

2017 English-Language Arts M-STEP:
ELA 3rd Grade 77% proficient – ISD 64%; State 44%. ELA 4th Grade 54% proficient – ISD 63%; State 44%. ELA 5th Grade 71% proficient – ISD 69%; State 51%.

  • Subgroups
    • Male 3rd 78%; 4th 46%; 5th 68%
    • Female 3rd 76%; 4th 67%; 5th 76%
    • Non - Low SES. 3rd 48%; 4th 42%; 5th 64%
    • Disabled – not enough to make a subgroup

2017 Math M-STEP:
Math 3rd Grade 69% proficient – ISD 64%; State 47%. Math 4th Grade 47% proficient – ISD 60%; State 42%. Math 5th Grade 44% proficient – ISD 53%; State 35%.

  • Subgroups
    • Male 3rd 70%; 4th 44%; 5th 50%
    • Female 3rd 68%; 4th 52%; 5th 36%
    • Low SES 3rd 43%; 4th 37%; 5th 32%
    • Non - Low SES. 3rd 43%; 4th 37%; 5th 32%
    • Disabled – not enough to make a subgroup

2017 Science M-STEP:
Science 4th Grade 35% proficient – ISD 27%; State 15%.

  • Subgroups
    • Male 4th 31%
    • Female 4th 41%
    • Low SES 4th 32%
    • Disabled – not enough to make a subgroup

2017 Social Studies M-STEP:
Social Studies 5th Grade 40% proficient – ISD 34%; State 22%

  • Subgroups
    • Civics & Government 5th - 61% of possible points
    • Discourse & Decision Making 5th - 52% of possible points
    • Economics 5th - 55% of possible points
    • Geography 5th - 58% of possible points
    • History 5th - 58% of possible points
    • Male 5th 42%
    • Female 5th 36%
    • Low SES 5th 18%
    • Disabled – not enough to make a subgroup
  1. Student Achievement: Student Parent/Teacher Conferences: During the 2016-2017 school year, parent attendance for both the fall and spring parent-teacher conferences was above 95%.

We are very proud of our students and staff for their achievements.


Michaelle Gust, Principal

Saugatuck Public Schools Douglas Elementary


Printable version of Mrs. Gust's letter
2016-2017 DES Annual Education Report
Printable version of the Douglas Elementary AER report