Looks like Michigan will be leaving the A-F grading system behind after state education officials called the system overly simplistic and a duplicate of federal requirements. The grade system of Michigan schools, which passed in 2018 , assigned each public school in Michigan letter grades based on the school’s annual performance in five categories.
Monday, the law repealed under the legislation signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who said in a statement it added ” burdensome Requirements ” to schools. The state Department of Education is going to federally mandate to public school index reports each year that show schools graduation rates, student growth and other ,metrics on a scale of 1 to 100.
“Parent dashboard” will currently be available online so you can see how school fares on indicators in comparison to similar schools and the state average.
State Superintendent Michael Rice stated in his supporting repeal, ” Schools are complex, and what educators do daily for children is as well. It distills poorly into a letter grade system.” Democratic State Sen. Dayna Polehanki, who is a former teacher, said the “educational community has been asking for this,” and that index reports and parent dashboards are a ” far superior “, way of assessing schools.
Republicans who disagrees with eliminating the A-F grading system, claims the parent dashboard was too confusing and that report card style grading was easier to understand .
Ready for no more A-F grades? what are your thoughts?