LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Department of Education is facing criticism from a conservative education group for not publishing A-through-F letter grades for public schools.
A 2018 law requires the agency to have assigned each school a grade in five categories by Sept. 1 and each year following. But the department does not plan to release the initial grades until March.
The Great Lakes Education Project, a pro-school choice group with ties to the DeVos family, says it spent just 20 hours using 2017-18 data to calculate letter grades. It says the State Board of Education should "hold accountable" state officials for violating the new transparency law.
A spokesman says the Education Department has been clear all along that the new accountability system, based on 2018-19 data, will not be ready until March.
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