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

Published: Friday, Sept. 13 2013 1:00 p.m. MDT

Utah schools received their report cards on Sept. 3 with the release of new school grades based on proficiency in language arts, mathematics and science, and the growth students demonstrated year over year on end-of-level testing.

The grades were given in compliance with a law enacted by the Utah Legislature in 2011 and modified in 2013.

According to the initial data release, 56 percent of Utah schools earned either an A or a B grade, with 11 percent earning an A grade, 45 percent earning a B grade, 30 percent earning a C grade, 10 percent earning a D grade and 4 percent earning an F.

All schools can earn up to 300 points for having students achieve proficiency in language arts, math and science. The schools can earn another 300 points by showing growth for all students and those who are below proficient.

Here's a look at the 50 highest scoring elementary/middle/junior high schools according to the new data.

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Lifelong Republican
Orem, UT

Again with these "top school" articles? These aren't the top schools. These are the schools that were the worst but made some gains. The top schools don't even make these lists because a big chunk of the "grade" is due to progress. You can't make progress when you are already at the top.

This whole grading system was schemed up by Parents for choice in education. They want vouchers. They are trying to get the public angry at their local school by assigning a grade. The only problem is the grade doesn't reflect reality which is exactly what this "parents" group wants.

Whenever you see school "grades" think vouchers. That is what they are pushing for and the good senator is their lap dog.

It is shameful.

Taylorsville, UT

Instead of grading the schools, we should be grading the PARENTS.
My daughter teaches kindergarten. 80% of her incoming students don't know the alphabet and can't write their names.
My 3 year old grandson is more prepared for school than these kids.
They're supposed to learn all this stuff BEFORE reporting to school. She's supposed to be teaching them vocabulary words that are FAR above their capabilities. These poor kids are starting out with a deficit and they'll probably NEVER catch up because their parents failed to prepare them, and further, won't (or can't) help them progress.
The schools are failing because the students were failed by their parents.

Salt Lake City, UT


How many of these students don't speak English? Yet, their test scores count the same.

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