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Bradi Holder works on math problems with her first grade class at Heritage Elementary in Ogden on Thursday, September 1, 2016. In Utah, 7.4 percent of kindergarten through 12th grade students in public and private schools were children of unauthorized immigrants in 2014.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect Quest Academy's grade.

Many schools in Northern Utah saw low student proficiency last school year, according to the 2017 school grades report released by the Utah State Board of Education Monday, Sept. 25.

School grades are assigned based on student proficiency and growth on Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence tests, better known as SAGE. ACT scores and graduation rates are factored into high school letter grades and the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills test, DIBELS, impacts elementary school grades.

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Both traditional Ogden School District high schools — Ben Lomond and Ogden — received F letter grades.

Ben Lomond High’s data shows the school has seen a decrease in the percentage of students with a composite ACT score of 18 or higher since 2014, from 53 percent to 38 percent.

The school, which also received an F in 2016, has 31 percent proficiency in language arts, 13 percent proficiency in math and 25 percent proficiency in science — all below the state and district average.

The graduation rate has also decreased from 81 percent in 2014 to 76 percent in 2016.

This is also the second year in a row Ogden High has received an F. The percentage of students with an ACT score of 18 or higher has gone from 74 percent in 2014 to 46 percent in 2016 and the graduation rate has also decreased in that time frame, reaching 76 percent.

The school has a 33 percent proficiency rate in language arts, 18 percent in math and 30 percent in science.

Polk Elementary School had an enrollment of 308 students and was the only school in the district to receive an A, the same grade as the year prior.

Lincoln, New Bridge, Shadow Valley, Taylor Canyon and Wasatch elementary schools received B grades. Bonneville, Hillcrest, Horace Mann, Odyssey and T.O. Smith elementary schools and Mount Ogden Junior High School all received C grades. Gramercy elementary and Highland and Mound Fort junior high schools received D grades.

Bonneville, Hillcrest, Wasatch and T.O. Smith saw letter grade improvements from the previous year, 10 other schools retained the same grade and five saw a downgrade.


 

School2015-2016 grade2016-2017 grade
Bonneville Elementary SchoolDC
Gramercy Elementary SchoolCD
Heritage Elementary SchoolDF
Highland Junior High SchoolCD
Horace Mann Elementary SchoolCC
James Madison Elementary SchoolCF
Lincoln Elementary SchoolBB
Mound Fort Junior High SchoolCD
Mount Ogden Junior High SchoolCC
Odyssey Elementary SchoolCC
Polk Elementary SchoolAA
Shadow Valley Elementary SchoolBB
Taylor Canyon Elementary SchoolBB
T.O. Smith Elementary SchoolCC
Wasatch Elementary SchoolCB
Ben Lomond High SchoolFF
Ogden High SchoolFF

 


Assigned school grades have been debated, as the state changed the criteria for them in 2016 and raised the floor for each letter grade if more than 65 percent of schools earned an A or B.

The Legislature ultimately suspended school grading for the 2017-18 school year.

None of the Weber School District’s schools got an A grade but 22 elementary and junior high schools received a C, 10 received a B and four received a D.

Fremont High School received a B, Weber High School received a C, Bonneville High School received a D and Roy High School received an F.

Country View, North Ogden and North Park elementary schools and Wahlquist Junior High School saw grade improvements. Eight other schools in the district received lower grades than the year prior and the remaining 27 schools earned the same grade.

Most Davis School District schools received B grades including five of its eight high schools.

Nine elementary or junior high schools received an A, as did one high school — Davis High School. None of the district’s schools received an F.

Northern Utah charter schools received the following letter grades:

The state to Utah as a whole saw a decrease in SAGE proficiency scores which, according to a USBE news release, was reflected in the decrease in the number of elementary schools earning A and B grades. However, more high schools in the state earned an A than the year prior.

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State School Grades 2017 compared to 2016

These graphs from the Utah State Board of Education website show how many Utah schools received each letter grade in the 2015-16 school year compared to the 2016-17 school year, which was just released Sept. 25, 2017.

“The Utah State Board of Education continues to look into the reasons behind student scores as well as school grades,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sydnee Dickson said in the news release. “We are working with our governing partners both in the state and school districts and charters to take steps to improve student achievement.”

Contact education reporter Anna Burleson at aburleson@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnagatorB or like her on Facebook at Facebook.com/BurlesonReports.

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