DES Annual Report

April 12, 2019

Dear Parents and Community Members:

We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2017-18 educational progress for Douglas 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 Principal, Michaelle Gust for assistance.

The 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.

For the 2017-18 school year, schools were identified using new 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 three or more underperforming student subgroups. A Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) school is one whose performance is in the lowest 5% of all schools in the state.  Some schools are not identified with any of these labels. In these cases, no label is given.

Our school has not been given one of these labels.

Although 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 socioeconomic 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 interventionist assigned to work with students struggling with behavior on the playground and 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 2017-18 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 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 (
  5. Student Achievement: Student achievement results on the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress include the following:

2018 English-Language Arts M-STEP

  • ELA 3rd Grade 71% proficient – ISD 63%; State 44%. ELA 4th Grade 70% proficient – ISD 66%; State 45%. ELA 5th Grade 63% proficient – ISD 66%; State 47%.
    • Subgroups
    • Male 3rd 61%; 4th 74%; 5th 50%
    • Female 3rd 80%; 4th 65%; 85%
    • Low SES 3rd 52%;4th 48%; 5th 41%
    • Disabled – not enough to make a subgroup

2018 Math M-STEP:

  • Math 3rd Grade 66% proficient – ISD 64%; State 46%. Math 4th Grade 60% proficient – ISD 60%; State 42%. Math 5th Grade 53% proficient – ISD 51%; State 34%.
    • Subgroups
      • Male 3rd 68%; 4th 67%; 5th 48%
      • Female 3rd 63%; 4th 54%; 5th 62%
      • Low SES 3rd 44%;4th 36%; 5th 32%
      • Disabled – not enough to make a subgroup

 2017 Science M-STEP (field testing only for 2018)

  • Science 4th Grade 35% proficient – ISD 27%; State 15%.
    • Subgroups
    • Male 4th 32%
    • Female 4th 41%
    • Low SES 4th 32%
    • Disabled – not enough to make a subgroup

2018 Social Studies M-STEP

  • Social Studies 5th Grade 44% proficient – ISD 31%; State 18%
    • Subgroups
    • Male 5th 36%
    • Female 5th 58%
    • Low SES 5th 36%
    • Disabled – not enough to make a subgroup
  1. Student Achievement: Student Parent/Teacher Conferences: During the 2017-18 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
Douglas Elementary


Printable PDF of Mrs. Gust’s Letter
2017-2018 DES Annual Education Report
Printable DES 2019 AER Report

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