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State Testing & Accountability: School Grades, PACE Reports

CSD schools’ performance is holding steady, with some improvement, on the state’s accountability reports for student achievement, according to data issued Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 by the Utah State Office of Education. The Utah School Grading reports show that 35 CSD schools, up from 34 schools in 2014, have earned A or B grades. No CSD schools received failing grades.

“We celebrate student achievements on the School Grading and PACE reports, and we congratulate our educators and educational leaders on the work they continue to do to ensure students are ready for college and careers,” Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe said. “That said, we know that we still have work to do to make sure all students are proficient in core subjects and well prepared for future success.”

The State Office of Education on Tuesday released two Utah school accountability reports: School Grading, and PACE. School Grading was implemented in 2013 in accordance with state law. PACE was implemented in 2014 as part of Gov. Gary Herbert’s plan to ensure Utah is on pace to have 66 percent of all working-age Utahns hold a post-secondary degree or certification by the year 2020. This plan involves performance goals for kindergartners all the way through college students. 

There is considerable overlap between the PACE accountability report and School Grading.  Key differences largely center on the points students and schools can earn for growth in academic achievement and college-readiness measures.  PACE reports show how well students are doing on the Utah Core Standards in multiple ways. School Grading is intended to simplify the multiple measures into a single letter grade.

To view individual school PACE or School Grading reports, please visit the State Office of Education’s Data Gateway

Here’s a look at what each report includes:

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Lucie Chamberlain

Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

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