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Michigan To Have Two Separate Accountability Systems For Schools

Michigan will have two separate accountability systems for its K-12 schools, which is the result of lame-duck legislation conflicting with federal education law.

Michigan already had an accountability system in place under the Every Student Succeeds Act when state lawmakers in December passed a new state A-F accountability system in the early morning hours of a lame-duck session.

Martin Ackley, a spokesman with the Michigan Department of Education, said MDE staff quickly began exploring options to create a single accountability system through amendments or waivers to Michigan’s federal ESSA plan.

Each system will operate independently of the other, Ackley said, and details of the second system will be provided over the coming months.