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2018 House Bill 5526: Assign letter-grade to each public school

Public Act 601 of 2018

Introduced by Rep. Tim Kelly (R) on February 6, 2018
To create a state Education Accountability Policy Commission to develop a system that assigns each public school a letter grade between A and F based on its achievement in six specified indicators: math and English proficiency; math and English progress; progress of non-English speakers at learning the language; graduation rate; absentee rate; and the rate of participation on statewide tests.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Education Reform Committee on February 6, 2018
Reported in the House on March 1, 2018
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered by Rep. Jason Wentworth (R) on December 13, 2018
To adopt a version of the bill that uses different metrics and has a more streamlined process that gives greater discretion to state officials in determining the grading system's final form.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on December 13, 2018
Amendment offered by Rep. Ben Frederick (R) on December 13, 2018
To require the proposed system to include socio-economic factors in assessing a school's performance, and clarify that the performance of chronically absent or special education students.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on December 13, 2018
Amendment offered by Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D) on December 13, 2018
To tie-bar the bill to a legislative package imposing more restricts on charter schools, meaning this bill cannot become law unless those ones (House Bills 5289 to 5294) do also.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 13, 2018
Amendment offered by Rep. Aaron Miller (R) on December 13, 2018
To replace references to the commission proposed by the original bill; the revised version gives the proposed commission's duties to the Department of Education instead.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on December 13, 2018
Substitute offered by Rep. Christine Greig (D) on December 13, 2018
To adopt a version of the bill that reflects Democratic preferences and does not assign letter grades to schools.
The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on December 13, 2018
Passed 56 to 53 in the House on December 13, 2018.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To require the Department of Education to develop a system that assigns each public school building a series of letter grades between A and F based on different academic measures, including success and growth rates on the state’s math and reading tests, as indicated by specific metrics the department would determine. Also, schools would be assigned ratings based on their statewide rankings compared to other schools on student absenteeism, proportion of students who take state assessment tests, and performance of socio-economic different subgroups compared to their peers in other schools.
Received in the Senate on December 13, 2018
Referred to the Senate on December 13, 2018
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 28, 2018

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