STATEMENT Regarding House Committee Vote on A–F Accountability System for Michigan Schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                    Contact: Jared Burkhart, 517-403-8533
Jan. 17, 2017

Today the Michigan House Education Reform Committee advanced a bill to create a simple, easy-to-understand accountability system for measuring public school performance. House Bill 5526 would implement an A–F grading system to support parents and the public in understanding local achievement levels.

“Michigan’s charter public school authorizers are excited about this effort to bring transparency to all public school outcomes,” said Jared Burkhart, executive director of the Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers.  “While more information is available than ever before, it’s often not very easy for everyone to understand and interpret. We believe it is essential to start with the basics.

“Each and every Michigan child is held to an A–F standard, with an eye to improving and growing over time. It just makes sense to hold our schools to the same type of measurement and accountability.”

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