State releases new ‘accountability scorecard,’ which replaces AYP system

The Michigan Department of Education's new accountability scorecard.  Click to enlarge.The Michigan Department of Education released its new 2013 accountability scorecard today, along with its so-called “top-to-bottom” list of schools and corresponding list of “reward,” “priority” and “focus” schools.

The new scorecard replaces the Adequate Yearly Progress measurement, as Michigan received a waiver last year to the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act that allowed it to scrap AYP in favor of a new system.

The scorecard uses a color-coded system to indicate performance in math, reading, writing, science and social studies. Green is given to the top schools, followed by lime, yellow, orange and red. The scorecard also includes a variety of accountability ratings, such as graduation and attendance rates, and student performance categorized by demographics and content area.

The old AYP system only measured reading and math.

The state’s new top-to-bottom list, meanwhile, ranks schools based on student performance in math, reading, science, writing and social studies. Performance in each subject area is determined by a mix of student achievement, improvement, and achievement gaps. Graduation rates are factored in for high schools.

Finally, the department released its list of “priority,” “focus” and “reward” schools. The classifications break down as follows:

  • Priority schools are those in the bottom 5 percent of the state’s top-to-bottom list; 137 schools are listed as priority schools. Priority schools are immediately placed under the supervision of the State School Reform/Redesign Office, and must adopt and complete a turnaround plan within four years.
  • Focus schools are schools with the biggest achievement gaps between their top 30 percent and bottom 30 percent of students; 349 schools quality as focus schools. Focus schools must dedicate a portion of their federal Title I dollars to closing achievement gaps
  • Reward schools include those in the top 5 percent of the top-to-bottom list, as well as the top 5 percent of schools that have made the biggest gains in student achievement, and “Beating the Odds” schools — those schools that have overcome traditional barriers to success and have outperforming schools with similar risk factors and demographics; 342 schools qualify as reward schools.

Visit www.mischooldata.org to access the data.

Those with questions about the new system, including how it impacts specific schools, can call the Department of Education toll-free at 877-560-8378 or email mde-accountability@michigan.gov.