Some say a school grading bill advanced by a Senate committee Wednesday would hold Utah schools accountable, but others argue it would make most look like failures.
SB271 lays out a system for assigning schools grades of A-F next school year, but it proposes a different plan than the one that state education leaders have been working on since original school grading legislation was signed into law in 2011. That original law asked the state school board to model a system and make recommendations about what it should look like to the Education Interim Committee.
Under the state school board's system, schools are scored based on students' achievement on state tests in English-language arts, math and science, and schools' progress in improving those scores. High schools are also judged based on their graduation rates. Based on that system, schools were assigned numerical scores last year for the first time, and the plan has been to assign corresponding grades to those scores starting next school year.