Lawmakers and state education officials are on their way to creating a single system to grade the state's schools, though the compromises are still being hammered out.
The dueling systems one created by the State Office of Education and the other by lawmakers may no longer be at odds. State Superintendent Martell Menlove told the Education Interim Committee Wednesday that the only system for grading Utah's 1,000 schools is the one devised by lawmakers, which will assign letter grades from A to F for the first time this September.
He and Sen. Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, discussed how to tweak the two systems so they mesh, a change from just two weeks ago when State Board of Education members asked lawmakers to abandon their new grading system in favor of the State Office of Education's Utah Comprehensive Accountability System (UCAS). That system which uses a point system and issued schools' first scores late last year was approved by the federal government for Utah to use in place of No Child Left Behind.