Lawmakers, educators debate changes to school grading law

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  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Feb. 10, 2014 3:34 p.m.

    The amount of time it takes to complete all the requirements AND the limitations provided in the Special Education law make an "avalanche of IEP's" an absolute absurdity. Menlove should go to a school in his area, talk to a special education teacher and educate himself on the issue.

    Even if schools had the option to remove the bottom third of their performance the grades are very poor measurements of whether a school is doing well or not. Many schools would still fail to have the top two-thirds functional on grade level for mathematics and writing. Many of the High Schools I checked failed to have even half their students perform on grade level for math. The highest I found was Davis with 68%. The majority of the High Schools I checked had less than 20% achievement rates.

    Looking at the actual numbers instead of a letter grade makes more sense. If a school fails to have 80% of their population on grade level for math are they really a B or a C school?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 8, 2014 10:01 p.m.

    @Kings Court--my mistake. I meant just the lawmakers.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    Feb. 8, 2014 1:12 p.m.

    Worf, don't blame our educators. They have no influence in Utah. All this is the baby of the Utah Legislature and their common core sponsors--PCE and ALEC. They broke the school system, now they should own it.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 8, 2014 12:09 a.m.

    Amazing how little common sense our lawmakers, and educators have!

    Is this how our tax money is used?