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Senate panel approves changes to school grading

Since lawmakers first adopted a school grading law in 2011, the controversial process of assessing school performance with a single letter grade has undergone frequent revisions, the Deseret News reports. On Monday, the latest proposed changes cleared their first hurdle as members of the Senate Education Committee approved SB209, sponsored by Sen. Stuart Adams, R-Layton. Under the terms of the bill, a school’s grade would continue to be based on student performance on year-end testing and graduation rates. But SB209 would allow alternative high schools and new schools to opt out of grading, and would exclude students with severe disabilities from being included in a school’s graduation rate calculation…

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