Officials: Statewide A-F school rating system conflicts with federal law

April 4, 2019

Michigan's new A-F school rating system conflicts with federal law and the state's federal education plan, said officials at the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). The A-F legislation was signed into law on Dec. 28 by then-Gov. Rick Snyder. MDE spokesman Martin Ackley said the department has received guidance from the Michigan Attorney General’s Office that the new law does not fit the requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which requires states to develop plans that address standards, assessments, school and district accountability and special help for struggling schools.