News from the MDE: Michigan’s new Parent Dashboard for School Transparency will officially launch during the State Board of Education meeting on January 9, 2018. This online dashboard will be available atwww.MISchoolData.org and is designed especially for parents and other caregivers. It presents, in one easy location, almost 20 measures that parents and others have said they want to know about Michigan’s public schools.

We encourage school and district leaders to preview their own Dashboard information during the preview window scheduled to open on December 28, 2017, to users of the MISchoolData.org web portal who have a secure login account. We also encourage schools, libraries, and other organizations to explore the customizable Parent Dashboard Communications Tools to distribute news about the Parent Dashboard to parents, grandparents, and other caregivers in their networks.

Communication tools include:

  • One-page handout
  • Parent Dashboard facts
  • Flyer for posting near public computers or distributing to families
  • Webpage graphic “badge” that can be posted and linked to a school’s Dashboard
  • Customizable PowerPoint and messaging for website, newsletter, blog, email, social media