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Schools now to be ranked using new goals and color coding


LANSING (WKZO) -- Did you ever wondered what happened to that color coded system that Homeland Security used to rank the risk of a terrorist attack?  It appears the State of Michigan is now using it to rank schools. If your school gets Green, it’s good, and if it’s ranked Red, it’s bad.

The colors in between include lime, yellow and orange.

It’s a tough grading scale. Schools have to achieve specific goals in order to earn points and the more points they score, the higher they land on the color scale.

No high school in Kalamazoo County got above a yellow, which is the middle grade. Both Portage Northern and Central, Gull Lake, Galesburg-Augusta and Climax Scotts High Schools all fell in the Yellow column. Loy Norrix and Kalamazoo Central both ranked Orange, and Comstock and Mattawan High Schools both fell into the red, and will have to come up with a remedial improvement plan under the new system.

Battle Creek Central ranked in the red. Lakeview fell into the orange column and Harper Creek and Marshall Schools both ranked yellow. None made it into the top of the scale.