First data released from Utah's new school accountability system

Published: Friday, Nov. 30 2012 4:30 p.m. MST

"I see schools that are outstanding, and that doesn't surprise me, and other schools that are in other places," he said.

The scores range from two schools with a perfect 600 (Fox Hills Magnet School and Morningside Magnet School) to others in the low 100s, but officials add that non-numerical factors like demographics and socioeconomics play roles in a school's score. The two 600-point earning schools are magnet schools that cater to gifted students and several of the lowest-scoring schools are alternative high schools or centers for students with disabilities.

"There's a reason for some of the lows and a reason for some of the highs," USOE spokesman Mark Peterson said.

Checking school scores

• Visit www.schools.utah.gov

• Enter the Public School Data Gateway

• Select the UCAS Report

• Choose your district and school from the drop-down menus

• Report will show a comparison between your school and the state average, as well as a breakdown of your school's score and demographic information

E-mail: benwood@desnews.com

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