The Berkley School District is working to respond to a new Michigan Department of Education requirement for schools with large gaps in performance that could result in a number of student transfers within the district.
As part of a set of mandates for state-designated "Focus Schools," announced last week along with Adequate Yearly Progress results, districts will have to allow a number of students to move out of any school in that category and into another designated school within the district beginning in the 2012-13 school year.
The requirement only applies to Focus Schools that receive Title I dollars, which are provided through a federal program to help fund schools with high percentages of students from low-income families. Norup International School is the only builiding in the Berkley School District that has been labeled a Focus School and receives Title I funding.
The Focus School designation – applied to 358 schools in 176 districts across the state – is one of three new categories identified by the MDE, which released its statewide school report cards Thursday.