A-F LETTER GRADES
WHAT DOES THIS MEANS FOR YOU
AS A BOARD MEMBER?
Grades always cause anxiety. We encourage you to talk with your school leadership team, both to communicate support and to receive information. Good governance boards know what questions to ask. We suggest you consider the following:
1. What grades do you anticipate the school will receive?
2. What feedback have your received from parents and staff?
3. What strategies do you plan to implement to improve the School’s grades?
4. How do you anticipate that the grades will impact enrollment?
5. How can we as a Board support your efforts to improve the School’s grades?
IN A NUTSHELL
Starting this Fall, your school will get a series of grades to let parents know how well it is performing. Schools will be awarded a letter grade for each of the following :
• Student proficiency (Math & ELA)
• Student growth (Math & ELA)
• ELL students’ growth toward proficiency
• Graduation rate
• Student performances compared to statistically similar schools
Schools receiving high grades will be designated as reward schools. Schools receiving the lowest grades will be designated as comprehensive support schools and will receive interventions to get them trending in a positive direction.
A Deeper Dive
Who determines the guidelines for the A-F system?
• The Michigan Department of Education will develop the new system with the guidance of a 5-person review panel chosen by the governor, speaker of the House and the Senate majority leader.
• The deadline for the new system is August 1, 2019, with grades being issued in September 2019.
How does this differ from Detroit Community Districts?
This new law replaces the 2017 Detroit-only accountability system that was in the process of being implemented. Many of the same components and standards of how Detroit schools were being graded are included in the new State-wide law to ensure that all public schools are being evaluated and held accountable against all of the same standards.
Where can I find the information on my school? Go to mischooldata.org to find data comparing your school to the State and to other comparable schools.