2021-2022 Annual Education Report (AER)

February 11, 2022

Dear Parents and Community Members:

We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2021-22 educational progress for Saugatuck Public Schools. The AER addresses the complex reporting information required by federal and some requirements of state laws. Our staff is available to help you understand this information. Please contact Dr. Timothy Travis for help if you need assistance.

The DISTRICT AER is available for you to review electronically by visiting the following web site or you may review a copy in the main office at your child’s school. Each school will also be communicating their own AER to parents directly.

These reports contain the following information:

Student Assessment Data

  • Includes the following three assessments: M-STEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress), MI-Access (Alternate Assessment), and College Board SAT
  • Presents assessment information for English language arts and mathematics for grades 3 to 8 and 11, and MI-Access science for grades 4, 7, and 11, compared to state averages for all students as well as subgroups of students.

Educator Qualification Data

  • Identifies the number and percentage of inexperienced teachers, principals, and other school leaders
  • Reports teachers who are teaching with emergency or provisional credentials
  • Includes teachers who are not teaching in the subject or field for which they are certified

NAEP Data (National Assessment of Educational Progress)

  • Provides state results of the national assessment in mathematics and reading every other year in grades 4 and 8

Civil Rights Data

  • Provides information on school quality, climate and safety

Review the table below listing our schools. For the 2021-22 school year, schools were identified based on previous years’ performance using definitions and labels as required in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). A Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) school is one that had at least one underperforming student subgroup in 2018-19. An Additional Targeted Support (ATS) school is one that had a student subgroup performing at the same level as the lowest 5% of all schools in the state in 2017-18. A Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) school is one whose performance was in the lowest 5% of all schools in the state or had a graduation rate at or below 67% in 2016-17. Some schools are not identified with any of these labels. In these cases, no status label is given.

The Coronavirus Pandemic continues to present learning and life challenges for students, parents, faculty and staff. While these challenges are substantial, our Trailblazer resolve to persevere remains strong.  Through hard work, dedication and teamwork, our students have continued to learn in the face of these challenges.

I applaud the tireless efforts of our principals, faculty and support staff in creating safe and healthy learning environments for our students and for continuing to provide an excellent education under the most trying circumstances. I thank our entire team for their hard work, caring and commitment to making a difference for our students every day.

I would also like to express my appreciation to our parents and community partners for supporting our students and our schools over the past year. The spirit of cooperation between home and school has made all the difference during this pandemic.

Our entire community can celebrate the well-deserved recognition awarded to our schools this year.  Douglas Elementary School was one of 13 schools in Michigan to be recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School.  Douglas Elementary School and Saugatuck Middle School joined Saugatuck High School in US News and World Report’s best school rankings with each building ranked in the top 7% of Michigan schools.

Moving forward, our district school improvement efforts will continue to focus on critical, creative and conscious thinking and in the continued evolution of a culture conducive to learning that values equity and inclusion.

Dr. Timothy Travis,
Saugatuck Public Schools