On Tuesday, the Michigan Department of Education released the Michigan School Accountability Scorecards, a color-coded system designed to hold all of the state’s schools accountable under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
The system gives a color rating to every school and district in the state. Michigan educates about 1.5 million children in 873 districts and 3,397 public schools, including charters.
The system, in the order of highest to lowest, is green, lime-green, yellow, orange and red. The designations are based on meeting targets in different scorecard components. Missing targets in some areas will automatically lower an overall scorecard color, even if the school or district is meeting all other targets, school officials said.