Most Utahns agree on School Accountability
In Utah, schools get grades just like students, but these grades do not accurately portray the quality of the school’s program. Unfortunately, funding decisions are based on these grades, as are parents decisions about which schools they want their children to attend. As a result, good schools are being punished with less funding, decreased enrollment and increased segregation.
For more information, listen to Action Utah Policy Coordinator Ashley Anderson on KRCL’s RadioActive (minute 22:00)! In the segment, Ashley discusses how factors like opt-out rates provide inaccurate grades and inadvertently encourage parents to leave neighborhood schools that might be a great fit for their students. The school grading system inequitably distributes resources and harms low income families most of all.
The great news is there is a way to change the school grading system during the 2019 state legislative session!
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- E-mail your Utah State Board of Education Representative and tell them that you’d like the USBE to lead the way in changing School Accountability Standards in 2019.
- Enter your address at vote.utah.gov and click “Elected Officials”.
- Your State School Board rep will be listed (as well as your local district school board rep and all other elected officials who represent you at each level of government), along with their contact info.
- Call or email your USBE rep and let them know you don’t think standardized testing is the best way to evaluate how our schools are doing and ask them to change School Accountability Standards to improve education across the state.