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State submits new school accountability system to feds

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The Michigan Department of Education has sent the federal government a new education plan.

Two weeks ago the U.S Department of Education sent feedback about the state’s original plan to follow the Every Student Succeeds Act. The U.S Department wanted a clearer school accountability system.

The original plan had three options for school accountability. Now the state is going forward with a so-called Transparency Dashboard.

In a statement, State Superintendent Brian Whiston said, quote “Our staff have been working diligently to fully develop that dashboard and an index from which to identify the state’s most struggling schools.”

The Transparency Dashboard compares schools to the state average in several key areas like student growth and student proficiency.

Whiston said, quote “I said from the beginning of this work that we are going to put forward a plan that is best for the students in Michigan.”

If approved by the federal government, the state would use a Transparency Dashboard.  It compares schools to the state average in several key areas like student growth and student proficiency.