FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 3, 2023
Michigan Alliance for Student Opportunity praises repeal of Michigan’s failed letter grading system
LANSING, Mich. – Peter Spadafore, executive director of the Michigan Alliance for Student Opportunity (The Alliance), issued the following statement today applauding Senate passage of Rep. Matt Koleszar’s legislation, House Bill 4166, which would repeal Michigan’s A-F letter grading system:
“Rep. Koleszar’s legislation to repeal Michigan’s A-F letter grading system is long-overdue and a key priority for our members. We’re glad to see Michigan’s legislature act quickly to bring an end to this failed system.
“Michigan’s dual accountability systems have caused confusion and failed to improve outcomes for students, a reality recognized by legislators from both sides of the aisle. The current system has failed to measure student growth, failed to inform parents, and failed to improve student learning. Michigan’s letter grading system was ill-informed when it was signed into law and has not led to improved student performance since.
“We’re glad to see this legislation head to Gov. Whitmer’s desk and look forward to focusing on improving student outcomes.”
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The Michigan Alliance for Student Opportunity, formerly the Middle Cities Education Association, works to build an equitable foundation for education, where every student in Michigan, regardless of circumstance, is equipped to succeed after graduation. Learn more at mialliance.com.