SRSD FAQs2018-11-20T15:38:37+00:00

School Rating System for Detroit FAQs

The following are questions and answers we believe will be helpful as the CEC engages the community around the development of the School Rating System for Detroit in response to state law MCL 380.390:

What information about Detroit schools can I access now?2018-10-12T23:42:30+00:00

In addition to data from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) found at the CEC produced the 2018-19 Detroit Parents’ Guide to Schools with information about DPSCD and the city’s charter schools. The guide also includes information about available transportation, before- and after-school care, enrichment programs and much more. Visit to find information about schools that are right for you and your child.  This guide does not include A-F ratings for schools at this time.

Who is on the CEC and what organizations do they represent?2018-10-29T14:30:25+00:00

The CEC consists of 11 volunteer members who were appointed by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.  Commission members represent several areas of the community:

  • Monique Marks, Franklin Wright Settlements, CEC chair
  • Nikolai Vitti, superintendent of Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD)
  • Tonya Allen, president and chief executive officer of the Skillman Foundation
  • Marsha A. Lewis, a DPSCD teacher
  • Ralph Bland, chief executive officer of New Paradigm for Education
  • Nate Walker, organizer and policy analyst, American Federation of Teachers in Detroit
  • Teferi Brent, member Detroit 300 and Goodwill Industries
  • Sherita Smith, executive director of the Grandmont-Rosedale Community Development
  • Venessa Keesler, deputy superintendent, Michigan Department of Education
  • Matthew Simoncini, former head of Lear Corporation
  • And a charter school educator who will replace Rachael Ignagni, who resigned from the CEC after stepping down from her role as a charter school teacher

The CEC appointed an advisory group known as the Design Team to develop the specific recommendations to bring to the CEC Board. The Design Team has been meeting frequently to develop the draft model. The Design Team will be incorporating feedback from the community and schools into its final recommendations to the CEC board. The Design Team members are:

  • Ralph Bland, CEO, New Paradigm for Education
  • Jack Elsey, Executive Director, Detroit Children’s Fund
  • Jametta Lilly, CEO, Detroit Parent Network
  • Constance Simon, Director of Doctor of Ministry Programs, Ecumenical Theological Seminary
  • Nikolai Vitti, Superintendent, Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Nate Walker,Organizer and Policy Analyst, American Federation of Teachers in Detroit
  • Venessa Keesler, Deputy Superintendent, Michigan Department of Education


How can families, the community, teachers, and other interested people get involved with this work and have their voices heard?2018-10-12T23:41:11+00:00

The CEC encourages all Detroiters to visit to follow the link to our survey or send us an email at The SRSD webpage also contains a schedule of community events.

Do proficiency, growth, and non-academic indicators all count the same in the rating?2018-10-12T23:40:37+00:00

No.  The CEC understood the importance of measuring the growth of a student from one to year to the next, so in the draft version of the SRSD model, it assigned the maximum percentage points to growth = 56%.

The CEC also recognized that historically Detroit schools have been disadvantaged, as compared to the rest of the state, and that it would take more than a year or two for them to reach academic proficiency.  Nonetheless, measuring whether students are performing at grade level is important. In the draft model, proficiency = 24%.

Lastly, the CEC believes that school quality is more than just test scores and assigned the maximum percentage points allowed to non-academic indicators = 20%.

How will the CEC calculate ratings for schools in Detroit?2018-10-12T23:39:56+00:00

State law requires the CEC to use Proficiency (Are students on grade level?), Growth (How much did students learn in a year?), and Non-academic (Attendance, parent surveys, etc.) metrics to calculate school ratings.  CEC is still working to develop the formula that will be used to rate schools using these metrics based on the state law’s guidelines and feedback from the community.

When will the new school rating system take effect and what will the grades be based on?2018-10-12T23:39:23+00:00

The first A-F school-level scores for the new School Rating System for Detroit (SRSD) will be released in October 2019. The ratings will be based on student test scores, attendance, and other data from the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years.

Why is the CEC developing a school rating system? Why do Detroit schools have to receive a letter grade of A-F?2018-10-12T18:50:29+00:00

Michigan state law 380.390 requires the creation of an A-F system for all public schools in the city of Detroit. In taking on this work the CEC is empowering Detroiters to help create a system that not only complies with the state law, but also makes sense for Detroit, its families and children.