School Grading Talking Points

 Utah Legislature requires that Utah public schools are assigned Grades on a yearly basis.

  • From 2011-2016 School Grades were assigned through a Normative process. This limited the % of schools earning an A or B and cut scores for school grades could adjust in any given year.
  • UTAH SENATE BILL 220 required that "The board shall engage in a criteria setting process to establish performance thresholds for overall ratings."
  • From 2018 and on School Grades will be assigned through a Criterion process. Performance thresholds were established through a standard setting process. Cut scores for school grades are fixed and do not shift based on schools’ performance. Schools have the necessary information to work towards a higher grade.
  • Labels for the performance levels are defined in statute:
  • Elementary & Middle Schools will be graded on Proficiency, Growth, Growth of the Lowest 25%, and English Learner Progress
  • High Schools will be graded on Proficiency, Growth, Growth of the Lowest 25%, Graduation Rates, ACT Scores, and # of students taking advanced coursework