School Grading System Changes Passed

May 5, 2023

by Liz Gullett

As MLC’s Communications and Social Media Manager, Liz Gullett keeps clients informed and up-to-date on the goings on in Lansing and the Capitol.

Public schools will no longer receive an A-F grade under legislation headed to the governor.

Key points:

The Department of Education was required to asses public schools on a number of measures, including graduation rates and test scores. The letter grade was to be posted for parents and members of the public to see as well as used for identifying low-performing schools.


The law was passed during Lame Duck in 2018. Republicans supported the system, saying it provides parents with information on the performance of a school. While Democratic members have voiced concerns over the duplicative nature of the A-F grading system.

Next steps:

The bill will be sent to Governor Gretchen Whitmer for her consideration.

The department will continue to utilize the School Index Score, which was created to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

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