Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Members of the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday unanimously recommended a bill that would exclude students with an individualized education program from the graduation rates used for school grading.

SALT LAKE CITY — Students with an individualized education plan would not be included in the graduation rate used for school grading under the terms of a bill unanimously recommended by the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday.

HB292, sponsored by Rep. Ronda Menlove, R-Garland, has already received unanimous approval from the House Education Committee and the Utah House during floor debate. It will now go before the Senate for consideration.

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The bill has the potential to be pre-empted by a larger package of school grading reforms sponsored by Sen. Stuart Adams, R-Layton.

Adams' bill, SB209, similarly excludes students with an individualized program from school grading calculations, as well as removing the automatic F grade schools receive for low testing participation and excluding new schools from receiving a letter grade.

Adams' bill has been approved by committee but has not yet reached the Senate floor for debate.

— Benjamin Wood