Grading Utah schools: Top 50 lowest scoring elementary/middle/jr. high schools

Published: Friday, Sept. 13 2013 12:59 p.m. MDT

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District: Granite

Grade: D

Overall points/Overall possible: 329/600

Growth ELA all students/Possible: 27/50

Growth math all students/Possible: 31/50

Growth science all students/possible: 28/50

Growth ELA below proficient/Possible: 28/50

Growth math below proficient:/Possible: 28/50

Growth science below proficient/Possible: 31/50

English Language Arts proficient/Possible: 56/100

Math proficient/Possible: 54/100

Science proficient/Possible: 46/100
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Mcallen, TX

Does intimidating, and embarrassing a school improve anything?

Gazing at our economic woes, it's obvious standardized testing, and scoring, has done nothing to improve the educational level of our society.

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Kings Court
Alpine, UT

The Deseret News certainly does enjoy creating lists and rankings of everything. Perhaps they could make a list ranking our legislators by how much they serve the interests of the people versus the interests of out of state lobby groups. Now that would be useful information.

Salt Lake City, UT

One single letter grade for, at a typical jr. high, 900 students, 50 teachers, and thousands of success stories? Really? This is accurate and representational? This ploy by the school voucher crowd, the legislators who voted for it, and the Deseret News--all in the same sordid bag--is just plain shameful--an example of bullying to the extreme.

DN Subscriber 2

Apparently some people live in a world where everyone is above average, and wishing things were better makes it so.

The first step towards improving education outcomes is to identify weak areas. Thankfully, the Utah Legislature had the wisdom and courage to demand that it be done, despite the protests from the teachers unions.

One might argue with the details of the scoring or the methodology, or the criteria, but honest observers wold all agree that the schools at the top of the list are probably doing a much better job for most of their students than those at the bottom.

Let's see what can be done to improve the educational outcomes for as many students as possible. Of course, in many cases that means overcoming cultural attitudes that do not value education and language problems aggravated by illegal immigration. We must also acknowledge that the focus of certain schools may result in low rankings, but still produce desirable outcomes for targeted groups of students.

Spanish Fork, UT

I have a doctorate in Physics and unless a miracle happens, I will be out of funding in the middle of next spring. This article has made me excited about next year. I will be offering my services to the Spanish Fork high schools - for free. I can help in physics, mathematics and chemistry. How many people are there who no longer work and have a scientific background? Let's help the kids and the teachers by offering our services. It will make a major impact and will keep the retired people "of the streets and out of trouble," as one of my professors always said when we complained about the loads of homework.

Kings Court
Alpine, UT

As the old saying goes, "Those who can, teach. Those who can't, pass laws about teaching." Now, they even give out school grades based on extremely flawed criteria.

DN Subscriber 2

@ Kings Court

Those who look at the facts ignore old sayings.

The Legislature did not give out school grade, the schools were measured by objective criteria to see how they compared.

And, I believe the old saying was actual "Those who can, DO! Those who cannot, teach."

I hope that our physics Ph.D. above is successful in volunteering his services, and it may be a great help to the students. However, I fear that the education bureaucracy establishment will decide that he cannot possibly teach kids anything at all because he lacks the magic qualifications earned by sitting in "education" classes. Maybe if we had fewer "professional educators" and more actual experts with experience in the real world our schools would earn higher grades, and more importantly the kids would be better prepared for a successful career.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I have to applaud ipr for volunteering to help teach our children some real skills they could us in real life. I've thought about volunteering to teach vocational computer development classes when I retire. Don't know if they'd take me up on it. My favorite teacher in High School was a guy who had no training as a teacher but was a retired architect (teaching Vocational Drafting at Hillcrest High School). He didn't mess around, just taught us how to get a real job.

Provo, UT

"The first step towards improving education outcomes is to identify weak areas. Thankfully, the Utah Legislature had the wisdom and courage to demand that it be done, despite the protests from the teachers unions."

How is passing a system written by the biggest pro-voucher group in the state a step in the right direction? Why are schools recognized nationally for their academic excellence being failed by this grading system which bases everything on whether or not students take one test? How is failing a school because a few students out of thousands fail to take a test a step in the right direction?

I want to know DN Subscriber.

And why wasn't the advice of a single educator sought out for this bill? If you were sick, wouldn't you seek out a doctor? So in education, why aren't educators sought out?

If this grading system is so great, then why are the architects of this law already running to their voucher lobbyist to revise it?

Layton, UT

This is unacceptable. Yes, standardized testing contains some flaws. Nevertheless, even with those flaws, to have scores as low as evidenced by these and the other bottom 14% of elementary/middle/jr.high schools shows a critical situation with a substantial number of schools. Keep in mind, we're talking about ENTIRE schools here, not just select children. This is a crisis, especially in those schools that are public.

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