Haslam said he believes the state legislators left Granger with a better knowledge of where the school truly stands.
“Instead of seeing a school with a D grade, they saw a school that’s on the move. It’s increasing as measured,” he said.
Sen. Stuart Adams, R-Layton, sponsored HB271, passed during the 2013 Legislature, to create a new method of tracking schools' success. According to Adams, giving educators and parents a transparent look at where schools stand will bring about change.
“My guess is those two schools, because of the focus they’re getting, they won't stay there,” he said. “That is the most exciting thing I’ve heard."
Adams said he foresees two changes to the bill in the upcoming legislative session. One is to change the grading system so every school can potentially get an A. The second change would drop schools a letter grade rather than automatically failing a school for having less than 95 percent of the below-proficient students take the criterion-referenced tests.
“I don’t believe we have an F school in the state of Utah. I don’t believe we have a D school in the state of Utah,” Adams said. “I think we have the potential for every school being As and Bs."
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