The Mackinac Center for Public Policy's new "Context and Performance" Report Card factors student poverty levels into standardized test scores for over 2,000 public elementary and middle schools in Michigan and ranks the schools accordingly.

Here's a list of the top performing rural elementary and middle schools on the report card.

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To see more comparisons like these, download the report card here and visit the full database here.

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As part of our efforts on government transparency, we obtained data on the compensation of most public employees in the state. This information has been used to fact check claims about salaries, verify data from other open records requests, and hold government spending accountable.

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