2018-2019 Annual Education Report (AER)

January 31, 2020: 

Dear Parents and Community Members:

We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2018-19 educational progress for the Saugatuck Public School District and our 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. Tim Travis for help if you need assistance.

The DISTRICT AER is available for you to review electronically by visiting the following web site Combined AER Report, 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 four assessments: M-STEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress), College Board PSAT, MI-Access (Alternate Assessment), and College Board SAT. This report section 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. The report helps users to understand achievement performance within grades and schools, and to make comparisons to district, state, and national achievement benchmarks.

 Accountability – Detail Data and Status

The accountability portion of the AER includes assessment proficiency and participation rates, graduation or attendance rates, as well as accountability index values showing school performance on a 0-100 scale.

Teacher 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 2018-19 school year, schools were identified using definitions and labels as required in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). A Targeted 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 a student subgroup performing at the same level as the lowest 5% of all schools in the state. A Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) school is one whose performance is in the lowest 5% of all schools in the state or has a graduation rate at or below 67%. Some schools are not identified with any of these labels. In these cases, no status label is given.

School Name


Status Label


Key Initiative to Accelerate Achievement

Douglas Elementary School

No Label


Saugatuck Middle School

No Label


Saugatuck High School

No Label


Students across the district continue to thrive academically.  I am proud to share our recent School Index Scores.  Michigan’s School Index System was developed to comply with federally mandated school accountability measures. Key performance indicators include student proficiency in math and language arts, student growth in math and language arts, on-track attendance, graduation rate, assessment participation, advanced coursework, postsecondary enrollment and access to art, physical education and a librarian. 

Saugatuck High School was recently recognized in the Holland Sentinel as the top high school in the area, while DES had the second highest average elementary school score among area school districts.

School Index Scores in our district continue to be excellent, with an overall index score of 94.03 at DES, 90.05 at SMS, and 97.37 at SHS.  School Index Scores range between 0 and 100. I invite you to explore the details behind these scores and other measures of school quality on the Parent Dashboard for School Transparency.

While the overall quality of a school system can often be difficult to quantify, I recently found a national database that analyzed roughly 350,000,000 standardized math and language arts tests to make an apples to apples comparison of student learning in grades three through eight across the country.  The data was compiled by the Stanford Education Data Archive and can be explored using the Educational Opportunity Project Explorer Tool

In short, Saugatuck Public Schools provides higher than average educational opportunity for our students and continues to trend upward.  Of great significance, are the exceptionally high learning rates achieved by our students.  According to the data base, SPS students in grades 3-8 learn 29% more in each grade than the U.S. average.  As you will see by using the tool, this is among some of the highest learning rates in the entire United States.

I would like to thank our principals, faculty and support staff 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 schools. Parents wishing to be more involved may volunteer, join the PTO, music boosters, athletic boosters, senior parents, or drama club boosters.

District school improvement efforts are currently focused on supporting early childhood education and meeting the socioemotional needs of our students as well as fostering critical, creative and conscious thinking in our students.  Specific school improvement initiatives include literacy, engaging mathematics instruction, science and technology, and project based learning.


Timothy J. Travis, Ph.D.


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