Utah lawmaker proposes changes to school grading system

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  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 10:21 a.m.

    I appears that we are living in a Utah "Lake Wobegon" where all children are "above average" and we expect constant improvement in education.

    Stop grading schools, let boards be independent and representative of the citizenry to run the schools. Students are unique and evolving emotionally and intellectually. Some will succeed and some will not. That's life, deal with it.

    IMO the school system should provide information/knowledge/education to students. They and their families are free (at no cost to them) to receive it or not. They are not empty DVD discs to be filled with education on an assembly line process with the faculty held accountable for data transfer when the disc may have problems.

    When the student meets life head on and regrets his/her choices to ignore education opportunities, maybe night school or GED training can mitigate some of the lost ground but by then the student will be in a mood to learn.

    It's the old Bell Curve - you can't have above average kids without below average kids.

    IMO the Bell Curve must also apply to legislators as well, there must be some superior legislators to balance out the inferior ones.

  • Steve Cottrell Centerville, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 9:53 p.m.

    In addition to the possibility of dumping this poorly designed grading system, the third that Adams has introduced in 3 years, how about we just dump Adams in the next election?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 19, 2014 8:50 p.m.

    Just get rid of the tests! Does it improve teaching, learning, or creativity?

    What good is it?

    Easy solution, isn't it?

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 5:58 p.m.

    How many teachers were involved in the development of this bill? Zero.

    So of course our legislature thinks it will work.

    It's incredible how the tail wags the dog in this state. Educators are given zero say.

  • jp3 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 5:03 p.m.

    How about omitting recently-arrived refugees, of which there are many? What is the purpose of making a child who knows almost no English take a test entirely in English? If you don't know what that's like, try downloading a standardized test in Chinese and see how you do. It's total frustration all around. This is a complete travesty--once again, a case of teachers, the real experts, not being asked for their professional opinion. Total arrogance on the part of politicians and district administration state-wide, as usual.