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Letter Grading Assessment for Schools in Question

Stacy Bogard

By Stacy Bogard, CAE, MASB Assistant Director of Communications, PR & Marketing

DashBoard, March 15, 2017

As the Michigan Department of Education continues working on its Top 10 in 10 plan and how it will implement the requirements outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act, how schools are assessed was in the spotlight earlier this week as State Superintendent Brian Whiston stated that MDE no longer was planning to implement an A-F grading system. Public input was noted as the reason for the change.

MDE now plans to use a dashboard-style report that incorporates a variety of information and factors to consider, in addition to how students perform on state tests. According to the Detroit Free Press, the A-F grading system is largely based on student performance on state exams, including 29% on how proficient students are according to the exams, and 34% on how much improvement they show.

The only caveat is that the Michigan Legislature could still choose to have the A-F grading system implemented. Gov. Rick Snyder was surprised by the change and continues to support the letter grading system. Additionally, the legislation passed last year regarding Detroit Public Schools stipulates that the A-F system should be in place in that district by this fall.

At its meeting on Tuesday, the State Board of Education unanimously adopted a statement in opposition to the letter grading system.

MASB has concerns with the letter grading system and are encouraged that other options are being considered. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at masbgov@masb.org or 517.327.5900.

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