The 1990-91 Stanford Achievement Tests have given Granite District something for which to work.

In two of three grade levels, the district was below national norms in the test, which was administered statewide for the first time this fall. In the fifth and eighth grades, Granite students were at the 47th percentile, and in the 11th grade, they were at the 51st percentile. The national norm is 50."We were a little surprised to be below the national and state norms," said Superintendent Loren G. Burton. "We're normally not in that position."

The relatively low scores, however, won't be allowed to be a standard for the district, he said. "You can bet we won't be in the same position next year."

The SAT results will be used as the basis for an extensive study of the district curriculum to strengthen weak areas, he said. School committees will look at their own scores and determine how to shore up the scores in the future. Teachers cannot teach to the test, Burton said, but curriculum in weak areas will get more attention.

"We'll target very low schools, do historical analyses and try to learn why they have dropped significantly. We really need to look to see before we can know what happened," Burton said.

Sixteen of Granite's 63 elementary schools scored even lower than they would be expected to, given socioeconomic factors that tend to negatively affect student performance in those schools. The State Office of Education considered these factors for each school and developed an "expected range of scores."

Among 15 junior high schools, three scored below the expected range; but at the 11th grade level, all nine regular high schools were within the range. The district's alternative high school fell below the expected scores.

"We're not looking at this in a negative way," Burton said. The data are discouraging, but can be turned to the district's advantage if they are used to foster improvement, he said.

"We want to be a leader, not a follower," he said. The district traditionally does well with advanced placement classes and college entrance examinations. Bringing some of the low-scoring SAT schools into alignment with district objectives for excellence will enhance the district overall, he said.

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SAT Results

Granite School District

School Total Battery Expected Range

FIFTH GRADE

Academy Park 48 41-68

Arcadia 50 40-68

Bacchus 52 43-69

Beehive 41 39-66

Bennion 55 44-72

Bridger 44 41-69

Canyon Rim 44 39-66

Copper Hills 43 37-63

Cottonwood 76 48-76

Crestview 69 45-72

Driggs 68 47-74

Eastwood 68 46-73

Edward Libbie 62 37-63

Farnsworth 43 36-61

Fox Hills 51 41-69

Fremont 41 37-62

Frost 50 44-70

Gourley 40 39-66

Granger 33 35-60

Hillsdale 48 33-59

Hillside 45 39-66

Hillview 46 35-61

Holladay 56 43-69

Hunter 44 39-66

Jackling 46 40-67

Lake Ridge 23 39-66

Lincoln 43 27-51

Magna 35 37-63

Meadow Moor 66 45-73

Mill Creek 44 37-63

Monroe 30 35-60

Morningside 64 47-74

Moss 47 32-58

Oakridge 64 48-76

Oakwood 62 44-72

Oquirrh Hills 39 44-72

Orchard 24 40-67

William Penn 58 44-70

Pioneer 24 35-61

Pleasant Green 26 35-61

Plymouth 47 44-70

Redwood 9 20-40

Rolling Meadows 46 40-68

Roosevelt 37 27-52

Rosecrest 61 44-70

Sandburg 40 39-66

Silver 45 38-64

Calvin Smith 56 46-73

South Kearns 30 33-59

Stansbury 19 27-51

Taylorsville 51 41-69

Truman 58 46-74

Twin Peaks 56 46-73

Upland Terrace 77 47-75

Valley Crest 37 40-68

Vista 51 44-70

Webster 8 25-48

West Kearns 30 33-59

Westbrook 47 40-67

Western Hills 33 35-61

Whittier 47 39-66

Wilson 24 25-48

Woodstock 62 45-73

EIGHTH GRADE

Bennion 49 45-65

Bonneville 56 44-67

Brockbank 33 37-59

Churchill 65 47-69

Eisenhower 44 40-62

Evergreen 59 42-64

Granite Park 20 29-50

Hunter 34 40-62

Jefferson 37 34-57

Kearns 37 36-57

Kennedy 40 38-60

Olympus 68 44-65

Valley 48 43-65

Wasatch 72 45-68

West Lake 36 34-56

ELEVENTH GRADE

Central* 28 37-61

Cottonwood 58 41-65

Cyprus 43 37-62

Granger 43 37-62

Granite 34 33-57

Hunter 39 37-61

Kearns 37 34-60

Olympus 65 41-65

Skyline 67 42-66

Taylorsville 53 39-64

*Alternative High School