Baldwin Schools excelled in 2016 SAT composite scores

RESULTS: The SAT Composite scores for spring 2016 show Baldwin outscored many neighboring schools, in the above chart. This is the first year Baldwin outscored multiple schools, according to Superintendent Stiles Simmons.
RESULTS: The SAT Composite scores for spring 2016 show Baldwin outscored many neighboring schools, in the above chart. This is the first year Baldwin outscored multiple schools, according to Superintendent Stiles Simmons.

BALDWIN — When the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) composite results for other school districts for spring of 2016 were released to the public, Superintendent Stiles Simmons saw a dramatic change in how Baldwin Community Schools fared to other local districts.

Baldwin Community Schools outperformed neighboring schools, Walkerville, Mason County Central, Reed City, Pine River and Mason County Eastern.

"I looked at SAT composite scores from schools east, north, south and west of Baldwin, and our scores exceeded the results, aside from Ludington," said Simmons. "I can tell you this is a huge accomplishment. In the past four years we have been making gains."

This also was a first time in more than 20 years Baldwin exceeded the state average on SAT composite scores. The state average was 968.8 percent and Baldwin earned 971.9 percent, said Simmons.

"We are extremely proud. We performed well in spite of some of our challenges such as high poverty," he said, pointing out Baldwin students are the highest percentage of students eligible for free and reduced lunch compared to the neighboring schools they outperformed on test scores.

"This is a testament to the hard work of our staff and administration and the will of our community to build a college-going culture. This is also a testament to our partners such as the Promise Authority, the Promise Scholarship and the College Access Center. They inform parents and encourage students to pursue meaningful post-secondary opportunity.

"I can't say enough about the students. More than ever students have aspirations well beyond high school. Students now take pride in making the honor roll and take pride in academics. The staff does a great job of motivating students and teaching knowledge and skills required for college, vocational training programs or military service. You can feel the sense of pride. You hear it in conversations students have with peers; teachers with colleagues; and parents with parents. I hear it when I interact with the community and business leaders," Simmons said.

Simmons said the test results indicate the school is moving in a positive direction and is something he hopes to see continue.

"This is what we believe is a start of a trend and we expect we will continue to see our efforts bear fruit. To continue in this trend, we need to keep adding rigor to our academic programs and be intentional about improving communication with parents and helping them to learn opportunities we provide to build a college going culture," he said.

Simmons summed up his overall feeling about the test results and positive direction the school is taking as being part of something bigger than himself.

"Not everyone gets the opportunity to be part of something bigger than themselves — it is really a team effort," he said.