Utah students aren't the only ones who will soon get letter grades for their work.
Gov. Gary Herbert Wednesday signed SB59, which requires grades of A, B, C, D and F be given to schools based on students' proficiency and progress in language arts, math, science and writing and, in high schools, their graduation rates and measures of college and career readiness.
The legislation directs the State Office of Education to model how the grading would work and then suggest changes before the next legislative session. Schools could then start receiving official grades in 2012. The idea was inspired by Florida's system of grading schools, which former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush described to lawmakers during a visit to Utah last year.