The West Michigan Policy Forum and Great Lakes Education Project released an easy–to–understand A–F grades for the state’s K–12 public schools with data from the 2021/22 school year. The purpose of the A–F scorecards is to show not only the parents, but also the taxpayers and teachers that student performance has been declining. This could be because of Gov. Whitmer’s decision to shut down public schools for an extended period of time compared to other states during the pandemic. This most likely had a big negative impact on Michigan students.
This new A–AF scorecard was released as Gov. Whitmer considers whether to sign or veto a House Bill to repeal the state’s A–F grading transparency law. Many are saying that Governor Whitmer must veto this repeal and let the state’s A–F school grading system stand.
The Michigan Department of Education is currently required by law to publish annual A–F letter grades for each school in the state in five areas. Those areas being math and reading proficiency, math and reading growth, performance with English language learners, graduation rates, and a comparison of similar schools.
The Board Chair of the West Michigan Policy Forum, John Kennedy said, “As students across the state are beginning to receive their final grades for the school year, it’s also important for schools to receive grades on their performance as well and parents deserve the right to know how their child’s school is performing.”
John Kennedy hopes that with a more accountable and improved schooling system, more people and recent college graduates might want to stay in Michigan and stop the decline in population the state is currently facing.