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New color-coded plan for Mich. schools
LANSING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Back to school is just around the corner and this year the Michigan Department of Education is rolling out a new system to show how well your kids' schools are doing.
The new system will help to hold schools accountable under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
It is a color-coded plan to make sure Michigan schools are up to code.
State officials hope the Michigan School Accountability Scorecards will make it easier for parents and teachers to see where schools stand.
The color coded system will assign schools one of five colors, with green being the best - meaning all goals were met.
Red is for the worst, meaning few standards were met and the school needs an intervention.
Michigan education leaders say one of the biggest changes is the way the goals are being set.
The old No Child Left Behind standards used to be the same for every school in every district. Now each school and district can set their own goals.
Officials expect to see a big change in the number of kids considered proficient now that schools can work on individual needs.
The eventual goal is that 85-percent of Michigan students be proficient by the 2021 school year.
State school officials say the new system will take some getting used to and they will work to make sure parents understand how the new rankings work in this first year.