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4 Mid-Michigan schools among worst in the state

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Four local schools are getting some bad reviews after being ranked among the worst in the state for two consecutive years.

Arthur Hill High School, Saginaw High School, Jessie Loomis Elementary School in Saginaw and Atkins Elementary School in Bridgeport are among at least 51 other schools ranked as consistently low performing.

The rankings are based on M-STEP results.

"They help my kids out a lot. They work with them separately. When they're behind they call and tell me. They help them out a lot," said Radeshia DeRosia.

She has two kids who attend Atkinda Elementary School. The school ranks in the bottom 5 percent statewide for 2014 and 2015, according to the state of Michigan.

DeRosia said that's not what she sees.

"I don't want to switch their schools. I mean, they do good. So I mean at the end of the year they test good," DeRosia said.

The Bridgeport superintendent, Carol Selby, released the following statement:

Martin G. Atkins Elementary school is entering their third year of a four-year priority plan. Our first year was devoted to planning for the remaining three years of implementation. Last year our focus was on reading. This year our focus continues to be on reading with the addition of math and writing.  All of the work that we do is heavily supported by the Saginaw Intermediate School District.  The ISD support includes an Intervention Specialist, School Improvement Facilitator, a Literacy Consultant, and assisting staff and administration in taking a closer look at our systems in place and student achievement data.  We know we have more work to do, but our staff is committed to doing what needs to be done to help our students achieve academic success."

In all, 51 other schools are on the list. Despite the bleak rating, DeRosia believes all of the area schools are making the grade.

"I have on in high school too and I haven't had any problems. So I don't plan on taking them out anytime soon," she said.

Derrick Johnson said he was surprised to hear his kid's school sits near the bottom of the rankings. His child attends Loomis Elementary School.

Johnson believes the state's numbers don't reflect the quality education his daughter is receiving.

"The teacher is working with her privately and helping her get where she's supposed to be at," Johnson said.

John Riggins also has kids that attend Loomis. He was also shocked at the low ranking.

"They are very protective of what they do and I like the way they got the security and how they handle the kids and all. And I like the way the teachers conduct business," Riggins said.

School administrators said the district is increasing academic proficiency on state standardized assessments.

Aiesha Coleman, another parent, said certain needs are not being met and she will send her son to a different school.

"I'm not sending him there. I made that decision. He won't be going to Saginaw High," Coleman said.

Johnson said his daughter graduated as a Trojan with a 3.8 grade point average. She now attends Saginaw Valley State University and is excelling.

"They're doing their job. It's up to the parents and the students and the teachers. So everybody has to work together," Johnson said.

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