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Michigan Mulls Scrapping Color-Coded Accountability

By The Associated Press — November 05, 2013 1 min read

Green is a great school. Red is bad. Lime, yellow, and orange are in-between.

Michigan’s color-coded school accountability system could be up for an overhaul just two months after its debut. Some lawmakers say A-F grades are easier to understand.

The House education committee was expected to start hearings last week on soon-to-be introduced legislation to switch to letter grades, which about 15 states use.

In the 2012-13 evaluations, some schools were rated red despite being seen as traditionally high-performing, while others got green despite having no performance data because they were new, according to critics.

A version of this article appeared in the November 07, 2013 edition of Education Week as Michigan Mulls Scrapping Color-Coded Accountability

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