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Kent ISD researcher appointed to panel on A-F school grading scale


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.

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James Harger
James Harger
James Harger left School News Network in January of 2020. James previously reported on West Michigan's economy, courts and politics for The Grand Rapids Press and Mlive.com for more than 37 years. He also is employed as Servanthood Leader at Immanuel Lutheran Church in downtown Grand Rapids. A graduate of Central Michigan University, he also has worked for publications in Holland, Mount Pleasant and Lansing. He is married to Lisa and has one daughter, who lives in Ann Arbor.

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