Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect Quest Academy's grade.
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.
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.
|School||2015-2016 grade||2016-2017 grade|
|Bonneville Elementary School||D||C|
|Gramercy Elementary School||C||D|
|Heritage Elementary School||D||F|
|Highland Junior High School||C||D|
|Horace Mann Elementary School||C||C|
|James Madison Elementary School||C||F|
|Lincoln Elementary School||B||B|
|Mound Fort Junior High School||C||D|
|Mount Ogden Junior High School||C||C|
|Odyssey Elementary School||C||C|
|Polk Elementary School||A||A|
|Shadow Valley Elementary School||B||B|
|Taylor Canyon Elementary School||B||B|
|T.O. Smith Elementary School||C||C|
|Wasatch Elementary School||C||B|
|Ben Lomond High School||F||F|
|Ogden High School||F||F|
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.
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:
- DaVinci Academy of Science and the Arts, elementary school: C
- DaVinci Academy of Science and the Arts, high school: B
- Northern Utah Academy for Math, Engineering and Science: A
- Leadership Learning Academy: B
- North Davis Preparatory Academy: C
- Ogden Preparatory Academy: C
- Syracuse Arts Academy North Campus: B
- Syracuse Arts Academy Antelope Campus: B
- Venture Academy, elementary school: C
- Venture Academy, high school: C
- Quest Academy: B
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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“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.”