Ask Pres. Adams to allow a vote on on HB 175!
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.
HB 175 Education Accountability Metrics is a good, bipartisan bill that would remove the single letter grade in favor of more accurate, equitable and comprehensive metrics to improve teacher retention and provide better information to families and school administrators. All major education groups in Utah – plus the governor – support this bill. HB 175 passed unanimously in the House Committee and House floor, and is waiting to be considered in the Senate. Ask Sen. President Stuart Adams to to allow a vote on HB 175 in the Senate for the sake of Utah schools.
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