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By GreatSchools Staff
Michigan uses the Education YES! Grades to measure school performance. Education YES! Grades are based on achievement status, achievement change, and schools' self-ratings on Indicators of School Performance. Achievement status is based on up to three years of test results. MEAP English language arts and math results are used for elementary schools; MEAP English language arts, math, science and social studies results are used for middle schools; and MME English language arts, math, science and social studies results are used for high schools. The achievement change measure uses up to five years of test scores to determine whether or not schools are making academic progress over time. The Indicators of School Performance measure key school characteristics that have the most affect on student achievement.
These three components are combined into a composite grade of A, B, C, D-Alert or Unaccredited. A school's grade may be lowered if the school did not make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
A designation of D-Alert or Unaccredited suggests that the overall student population at the school is not meeting the state's expectations. Schools designated as Unaccredited face state-mandated and federal consequences; they must, among other things, develop and implement a school improvement plan.
If your child attends a low-performing school, ask what steps the school is taking to raise achievement levels for all students and what you can do to help. Because low-performing schools are likely to face consequences under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, your child may be eligible to receive federal and/or state money for tutoring or to transfer to another school.
If a school is new or has a small number of students with valid MEAP or MME scores, the state does not calculate a grade for that school. If your school's grade is not listed on GreatSchools, contact your principal to find out more. Search for Michigan Schools.
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