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Michigan Dept of Ed to miss deadline for A-F school grading system

The state Department of Education will miss a September first deadline to provide "A to F" grades on Michigan schools.

The law requiring the new accountability system was passed during last year’s lame duck legislative session.  

But education department officials have struggled to compile all of the necessary data to meet the legislative timetable.

Sheila Alles is the department’s Chief Deputy Superintendent.

[“The September 1st deadline date doesn’t allow the Department of Education to use the most current student assessment data sets, including student growth.”]

State education officials expect it will be next March before they can release "A to F" grades for Michigan schools.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting. During his two and a half decades in broadcasting, Steve has won numerous awards, including accolades from the Associated Press and Radio and Television News Directors Association. Away from the broadcast booth, Steve is an avid reader and movie fanatic. Q&A