Idea of Michigan schools letter grades dies

Michigan Superintendent Brian Whiston is backing off a controversial plan to begin assigning letter grades to schools as part of the state’s method of holding schools accountable.

The move is in response to public input, said Bill DiSessa, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Education, which Whiston oversees.

The department had planned to switch to what’s called an A-F grading system. Schools would have received letter grades largely based on how students perform on state exams — 29% on how proficient students are according to the exams, and 34% on how much improvement they show on the exams. The rest would have been based on other factors, such as school quality.

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