Grading schools an ‘oversimplification’

Utah schools will be receiving a letter grade now that members of the Utah legislature have approved a bill assigning a new school grading system. North Logan lawmaker Rep. Jack Draxler, R-District 3, says he voted against the bill because he felt it was an over-simplification based primarily on test scores. “I think there is a lot that goes into what makes a school great, besides that,” Draxler explains. “There are schools that have built-in disadvantages because of demographics. “That would make it very, very difficult for that school to ever get an ‘A’ grade but they may be doing some of the most heroic and amazing educating of any school.” On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Thursday, Draxler said those who voted for the school grading bill said they need some simple, easy-to-understand measure by which they could hold their school accountable.

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