Ask Senate President Adams to allow a vote on HB 175 to improve school metrics in Utah!

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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What would HB 175 Education Accountability Amendments do?

HB 175 eliminates the requirement that schools receive letter grades and changes associated funding policies related to turnaround and leadership. This good, bipartisan bill would allow for more accurate, equitable and comprehensive metrics to improve teacher retention and provide better information to families and school administrators. 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.

(Remember to personalize your comments for the greatest impact! Why do YOU support this proposal?)

  • Supporters include Governor Herbert’s office and all major education groups in Utah support HB 175, including the Utah State School Board, Utah Education Association, Parent Teacher Association, and Superintendents. HB 175 also received unanimous votes in favor in the House.
  • The single letter grade offers an incomplete and sometimes inaccurate picture of a school’s quality, failing to include important school metrics such as enrichment programming or school climate, and leading to unjust funding decisions, poor teacher retention and socioeconomically and racially segregated schools.
  • Providing multiple indicators, rather than just one, of school performance gives parents valuable information with which to inform their school choice. School grading fails to give parents the information they need to assess school quality and schools the information they need to address issues and improve programs.
  • The 2020 request for a waiver due to glitches in RISE testing is evidence that using a single grade based only on student testing is flawed, can lead to unexpected issues and is needlessly punitive.
  • Evidence shows that low-income schools are more likely to receive failing grades when standardized testing is the only measure of a school’s quality.
  • With increased parent skepticism about the values of testing, and studies showing their lack of effectiveness, it is time to change how Utah schools are evaluated.
  • Changing accountability standards and allowing more flexible assessment strategies will give schools the ability to address their specific issues and serve their students better.

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