During a recent Interim Session, a member of Action Utah wrote this letter in the Tribune asking the Education Interim Committee to change school grading policies similar to the calls to action we made in 2017 regarding Accountability Standards. After the letter was published, Rep. Marie Poulson (D-Salt Lake) indicated she will be running a bill to amend Accountability Standards
What’s the problem with accountability standards?
Under the current system schools receive a single a letter grade based on standardized testing. While teachers and administrators can learn a lot from raw testing data, the information and letter grade tend to be a more effective at measuring the socioeconomic status of school families rather than the quality of the school. That’s why Sen. Ann Milner (R-Ogden) passed a one year moratorium on accountability standards last year.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
- Thank Rep. Poulson for running Accountability Standards Amendments in 2019. Ask how you can help and offer any personal experience with school grading.
- Write to your State School Board rep (find out who repsresents you) and and State Superintendent Sydnee Dickson to let them know that you want the Utah State Board of Education to encourage the legislature to change current school grading policies.
Do you have a personal experience with school grading? Share it! Or use the talking points in this letter, including:
- School grading fosters socioeconomically and racially segregated schools
- School grading does not measure the enrichment programming or school climate
- School grading does not show parents valuable information to inform their school choice