Since 2011, Utah schools have received letter grades based on standardized student testing. With testing opt-out rates high at some schools, and other barriers to testing at others, these grades do not accurately reflect the quality of schools and result in family decisions that socioeconomically and racially stratify enrollment and funding decisions that unfairly punish some schools and negatively impact teacher retention.
Recent problems with RISE testing scores highlight and exacerbate the issue with assessing schools using a single letter grade that is based solely on student test scores. While the State Board changed the dashboard during a grading moratorium, that moratorium has expired, and letter grades are being used once again. It’s time to change school metrics with Rep. Marie Poulson’s good bill, HB 175 Education Accountability Amendments!