Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: A-F grades are coming. Here’s what they’ll look like

Good morning!

A citywide education commission that will next year start giving A-F grades to every school in Detroit has started to publicly share the details for how those grades could be calculated.

The proposed grading model, which is expected to get final approval from the mayoral commission in December after a few weeks of public input, is designed to consider the fact that most Detroit students are significantly behind academically. That’s why more than half of a school’s grade will be based on whether students improve from one year to the next. Also notable: Students who are chronically absent, meaning they miss more than 10 percent of school days in a year, will be excluded from the calculation. Our story has the details.

Also this morning, check out the hour-long interview that we, along with our partners in the Detroit Journalism Cooperative, did with Gretchen Whitmer, the state’s Democratic candidate for governor. Koby’s story about the interview notes that she appears to be casting herself as an ally to Detroit Superintendent Nikolai Vitti as he competes with charter schools in Detroit. We interviewed Republican Bill Schuette earlier this month. Scroll down for more on these stories and the rest of the week’s headlines. And have a great weekend!

— Erin Einhorn, Bureau Chief


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MAKING THE GRADE The mayoral-appointed community education commission took on the task of creating a system to grade schools. State law passed in 2016 requires every school in Detroit — and only Detroit — to get A-F grades based on test scores, graduation rates, and other factors like attendance. Chalkbeat Detroit Free Press The Detroit News

The CEC school guide is organized by color-coded neighborhoods. Starting next year, it will include a letter grade for each school.

WHITMER The Democratic candidate for governor wants more regulation for charter schools, a different funding system of schools across the state, and universal pre-K. Chalkbeat

PREDICTIONS Bridge Magazine spoke with nine Michigan education policy experts about what state schools will look like depending on whether Whitmer or Schuette becomes governor. Bridge

BOARD Voters going to the polls November 6 could tilt the political makeup of a state school board that is currently split evenly between Democrats and Republicans. Bridge

POETS An organization that uses professional writers to teach poetry to students has gotten funding to expand an after-school program to eighth-graders at four schools in Detroit and Oak Park. InsideOut Literary Arts