Michigan

Michigan School Rating System Running Afoul of ESSA

Jennifer Chambers reports for the Detroit News that “Michigan’s new A-F school rating system conflicts with federal law and the state’s federal education plan, officials at the Michigan Department of Education said.” According to MDE spokesman Martin Ackley, “the department has received guidance from the Michigan Attorney...

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“Caught in the Middle” in Michigan

Louise Wrege reports for the Herald Palladium that Michigan “now has two versions of statewide school accountability – one from the Michigan Department of Education and the other mandated by the Legislature.” The Michigan Department of Education plan under ESSA “received federal approval for its plan...

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Could A-F Law Mean Loss of Fed Funding for Michigan?

Lori Higgins reports for Chalkbeat that leaders from Michigan’s education department will meet this week with the state’s Attorney General to determine whether or not the state’s new school accountability law is in violation ESSA’s provisions. “If implemented, the new mandate, which requires the state...

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Michigan School Ratings Being Reviewed by State Attorney General

According to Ron French at Bridge Michigan, the “fight over grading Michigan schools on an A-to-F scale apparently isn’t over yet.” The Michigan Department of Education says it “will hold off on implementing the new accountability system because of concerns that parts of the system...

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MI House Ed Reform Committee Approves ESSA-based A-F Grading System

WDIV reports that in the Michigan legislature, a bill “to develop an academic grading style A-F grading system” was recently approved by the state House of Representatives’ Education Reform Committee. The bill would put in place an Education Accountability Policy Commission to implement the grading system, which...

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New Bill Seeks “Middle Road” on School Reporting

In Michigan, a new bill has been proposed in the state House of Representatives that would change how the state approaches school ratings. The legislation, introduced by Republican Representative Tim Kelly, would give individual schools an A-F grade on six academic indicators—including graduation rates and...

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Ed Trust-Midwest Not Pulling Any Punches with Michigan Plan…

“For more than two decades, the best states for public education have shown the importance of providing the public with honest data on how well schools are serving students,” write The Education Trust-Midwest’s Amber Arellano and Brian Gutman. Unfortunately, Michigan has been “modeling exactly what...

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Michigan Fires Back at Ed Trust-Midwest

Brian McVicar reports on MLive.com that the Michigan Department of Education is “firing back against an education research and advocacy organization”— The Education Trust-Midwest —“that issued a statement sharply critical of its plan to comply with” ESSA. Read Ed Trust-Midwest’s statement here.

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Michigan Missing the (Bench) Mark

Also in Michigan, the state’s new school bench-marking system is being created both because it was mandated by ESSA, and—according to State Superintendent Brian Whiston—“the old system wasn’t working.”

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