If you think it’s not worth your time to comment on Michigan’s draft plan for implementing the new federal law known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – think again.
Just in the past two days, a policy tug-of-war has occurred over the question of how to address school “accountability.” Meanwhile, MEA shared official feedback with the State Department of Education on the plan – the public comment period on the draft plan ends today, so if you haven’t share your thoughts yet, do so right away.
The draft plan now under review originally called for every public school to receive an A-F letter grade, based largely on test scores. On Tuesday, news reports indicated the A-F idea was dead. By Wednesday, the report card idea had been resuscitated.
State Superintendent Brian Whiston now says that opposition to A-F grades for schools – along with a unanimous State Board of Education resolution on the issue – prompted a change of course from A-F accountability to a “dashboard” approach, which calls for providing a richer variety of information to parents without labels or ratings.
Whiston now says he will present both an A-F report card and dashboard option to the state Legislature for them to decide, so let’s make our voices heard on this issue. MEA opposes A-F ratings of schools, which are largely based on test scores and do not offer a full picture of a school’s performance.