SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah State Board of Education has released Adequate Yearly Progress reports on area schools, and most schools' scores reveal a mixed bag of academic strengths and weaknesses.
The small Morgan School District has the most to crow about, with all of its schools passing.
Surprising no one is the fact that the inner-city Ogden School District is struggling as a result of student poverty and a high demand for coursework in English as a second language.
Weber and Box Elder school districts are holding fairly steady.
"Every school has areas to celebrate and areas where we need to grow," said Greg Lewis, in charge of testing for the Ogden district. "We have challenges, and we are working on them."
Lewis said the AYP system requires student test scores that meet a higher standard, with increases typically coming every two years.
"It will be harder to make proficiency as time passes," he said. "The chances of everyone getting 100 percent are not real great. We would like to see more of a growth model. The question should be whether every student made a year's growth in a year."
Lewis said the government is granting waivers that will allow a growth model, and he believes Utah will apply.
"I am looking forward to those changes," he said.
Sheri Heiter, Weber School District testing assessment specialist, said she's happy with her district's scores.
"We are extremely proud of our district and the schools that passed, which is due to the efforts of the students, administration, staff and parents as well."
There are Weber schools that did not pass, but as in all districts, a school AYP failure can result from low scores from just one subgroup.
"We have to keep the right perspective," Heiter said. "A school of 1,700 can fail because five or 10 students are having problems."
Ron Wolff, Box Elder School District superintendent, said he is disappointed not all of his schools met AYP standards.
"I'm sure every superintendent would feel the same way," he said. "We are happy a number of our subgroup tests showed an increase of more than 10 percent. A greater percent of students raising scores is always a good thing."
Overall, the district is holding steady, Wolff said.
"I'm never happy unless we're improving, but I'd rather be not happy than sad. At least we aren't falling behind."