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Michigan Dept. of Education Releases Accountability Scorecard

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The Michigan Department of Education has released the state's new Accountability Scorecard.

The scorecard was released on Tuesday and uses five colors to indicate performance, green being the best and red the worst.

The new system holds schools accountable under the federal no child left behind law and replaces the adequate yearly progress grade.

A number of factors determine the color including graduation rate and testing.

Experts say the idea behind the change was to make things simpler, but the use of colors can be misleading.

Out of more than 3,000 schools included in the system, only about 4 percent received a green score.

Local educators suggest parents consider this as one tool and not the whole picture.

Top to Bottom rankings for all schools and the lists of the new Reward Schools, Focus Schools, and Priority Schools were also released on Tuesday.