Sunil Joy, a data researcher for Kent ISD, is one of five education experts who will serve on a peer review panel for a new grading scale created by the state legislature in the 2018 lame duck session.
The new law will create an A-F grading system for schools, with each school getting five letter grades. The grades will gauge each school’s proficiency in math and English language arts, growth in math and English language arts, growth in English as a Second Language proficiency, graduation rates and academic performance compared to like schools. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appointed Joy to the panel.
The panel will review and offer feedback on the regulatory language that will be developed by the Michigan Department of Education, Joy said. The panel will not have authority to approve or disapprove the language, said Joy, the only member of the panel from West Michigan.
Joy has been a data researcher with Kent ISD for the past two years. He is the former assistant director of policy and research at the Education Trust-Midwest. He earned his Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan.