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Morgan school grades released, comparing them to schools state-wide

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In the latest round of Utah school grades released by the Utah State Board of Education, Morgan High School, Morgan Elementary School and Mountain Green Elementary School all received Bs while Morgan Middle School received a C for the 2016-2017 school year.
Morgan High has consistently received a B grade since 2014. At 92 percent, Morgan High’s graduation rate is higher than the state average of 85 percent. Morgan students proficient in language arts, math and science are at or above state averages.
Morgan High joins 42 other high schools, or 29 percent statewide, that earned a B grade. Only eight high schools, or 6 percent, earned an A grade. Some 36 percent earned a C, while 11 percent earned a D and 18 percent an F.
Those high schools earning an A grade include Davis High School; Northern Utah Academy for Math Engineering and Science (NUAMES) in Layton; Academy for Math Engineering and Science (AMES) at Cottonwood High School; Beehive Science and Technology Academy (BSTA) in Sandy; Intech Collegiate High School in North Logan; Itineris Early College High School in West Jordan; Success Academy in St. George; and Utah County Academy of Science (UCAS) in Orem.
Morgan Middle School, which earned a B grade in 2014, 2015 and 2016, slipped to a C this year. MMS students proficient in language arts and mathematics have dipped slightly below state averages, but they are well above state average in science.
Morgan Elementary has consistently received a B grade since 2014. Mountain Green Elementary received an A in 2014, but since has consistently maintained a B grade. Both Morgan Elementary and Mountain Green Elementary students proficient in language arts, math and science are all higher than state averages.
Morgan and Mountain Green Elementary Schools joined 337 other high schools, or 44 percent, across the state that earned a B grade. Only 66 elementary schools, or 9 percent, earned an A. Some 34 percent earned a C while 10 percent earned a D and 3 percent earned an F.
Those earning As include nine in the Alpine School District; Snowville in Box Elder; two in Cache; 12 in the Canyons; Helper Middle School in Carbon; nine in Davis; Tabiona in Duchesne; Edith Bowen Laboratory in Logan; Excelsior Academy in Erda; George Washington Academy in St. George; six in Granite; John Hancock Charter School in Pleasant Grove; Jordan Ridge in Jordan; Lincoln Academy in Pleasant Grove; two in Murray; North Summit Middle School; Polk Elementary in Ogden; Jeremy Ranch Elementary in Park City; two in Provo; Salt Lake Arts Academy middle school; eight in Salt Lake; and four in Washington.
Utah law requires schools be given a letter grade based on student proficiency and growth on Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE) tests. In the case of high schools, ACT tests and graduation rates are also considered while in the case of elementary schools, a literacy test is also factored in. The Utah legislature did suspend school grading for the state’s 759 elementary schools and 144 high schools for the current school year, for 2017-2018.
“The Utah State Board of Education continues to look into the reasons behind student scores as well as school grades,” said State Superintendent of Public Instructions Sydnee Dickson. “We are working with our governing partners both in the state and school districts and charters to take steps to improve student achievement.”
Across the state, student SAGE scores decreased slightly in language arts, math and science. Fewer elementary schools earned A and B grades this year. There was, however, a slight uptick in Utah high schools earning a grade of A compared to the year previous. The 9 percent of high schools earning an A was an increased compared to 2015-2016’s 4 percent.

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