Michigan Department of Education releases school grades

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Education released its revised grades of Michigan school districts, MLive reports.

According to MLive, MDE has revised the way it grades districts in order to focus on student academic achievement gaps.

Schools with the widest gaps between the highest scoring 30 percent of students and the lowest scoring 30 percent of students are now listed as “focus schools,” and will receive assistance  intended to reduce that gap, MLive reports.

SOURCE: MLive, “Michigan school report cards: Achievement gaps could see academic powerhouses targeted for improvement,” Aug. 2, 2012

FURTHER READING: Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “The Michigan Public High School Context and Performance Report Card," July 19, 2012