Suspend school grades based on unreliable RISE student test scores with SB 119!

March 10th, 2020|Action of the Day|0 Comments

Ask the your state House rep to vote YES on SB 119 to eliminate school grades based on unreliable RISE test scores!

Since 2011, Utah schools have received letter grades (A through F) based on standardized student testing. These school grades are problematic, providing incomplete information for parents, teachers and schools with which to make family and administrative decisions and leading to unfair funding decisions, enrollment issues and low teacher retention. While the State Board changed the dashboard during a grading moratorium, that moratorium has expired, and letter grades are being used once again. 

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. With Utah schools requesting a waiver from using student test scores due to glitches and unreliable results in the testing program, school grades should also be suspended for the school years when grades would be based on unreliable student test scores.

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What would SB 119 School Accountability Amendments do?

SB 119 provides that for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years, the State Board of Education is not required to assign to each school an overall rating using an A through F letter grading scale. This good bill is coming up for a final vote in the House SOON – write your House rep and ask them to vote YES on SB 119 NOW!

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

  • With Utah schools requesting a waiver from using student test scores due to glitches and unreliable results, school grades resulting from these student test scores should be suspended for the school years reflecting the inaccuracies.
  • 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.
  • School grading fosters socioeconomically and racially segregated schools and contributes to poor teacher retention.Eliminating the school grade for schools is one important way to improve teacher retention, and it comes at no cost to taxpayers.
  • School grading fails to measure important school metrics, such as enrichment programming or school climate. However, providing multiple indicators, rather than just one, of school performance gives parents valuable information with which to inform their school choice.
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