Michigan launches new color-coded accountability scale

Friday, August 23, 2013

The state's annual report on school accountability, released today, has a more colorful look than in past years as Michigan education officials have instituted a new five-color grading system to replace the up-or-down "adequate yearly progress" grade.

The change is a product of the state's waiver from some federal requirements under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The federal law required the state to report if schools passed or failed the yearly progress measure, but did not include detailed information on the schools' performance.

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