One state says no to school grades as school accountability continues to evolve
Some of the standard features of the school accountability movement are continuing to come into question this year. We're seeing it in Florida with legislative proposals to significantly pare back testing and stop tying tests to teacher evaluations. And today in Michigan, that state's education superintendent Brian Whiston has dropped plans to start an A-F school grading system.
The Associated Press reports that while some Republicans in Michigan's GOP-led Legislature support school grades, the idea "has been questioned by many in the education community." Of course, that's also the case in Florida, which has graded schools since 1999. But so far we've seen nothing even close to Florida's reforms going so deep as to nix school grades.
In lieu of grades, Michigan will monitor schools' progress using a "dashboard" of metrics.