• We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2016-17 educational progress for the Northwest Community 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 Cari Bushinski, Director of Instruction for help if you need assistance.

    The DISTRICT AER is available for you to review electronically by visiting the following web site  http://bit.ly/2MUAokU 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 three assessments: M-STEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress), MI-Access (Alternate Assessment), and College Board SAT. 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 credential
    •       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 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 status label is given.

    School Name


    Status Label


    Northwest High School

    No Label

    Northwest Kidder Middle School

    No Label

    Northwest Elementary

    No Label

    Northwest Early Elementary

    No Label

    Northwest Alternative High School

    No Label

    Northwest Community Schools is proud of the accomplishments made during the 2017-2018 school year.  Northwest Early Elementary and Northwest Elementary Schools have an MTSS program that highlights reading and math support for students that need additional support. The LEXA Rapid program is the intervention program used for students in ELA.  Northwest is a partner with Energizing Education mentoring program that supports students in the K-2 grade that need individualized instruction. Northwest School District has implemented the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support program beginning in the winter for 2017.  The positive nurturing culture is the foundation for our success.

    If you are interested in reviewing the above educational components for other districts, please visit https://www.mischooldata.org/.