Schools in the San Juan School District earned a range of grades, ranging from B to F, under the new grading program developed in the Utah State legislature.
Schools in the Monticello and Blanding area received a “B” grade, while schools in the Montezuma Creek area received a “D” grade and schools in the Monument Valley area received an “F” grade.
The new program, which is designed to provide an additional measure of school accountability, assigns a letter grade to every school in the state. Supporters argue that the concept will allow the public to see, in a glance, how their local schools are doing.
Opponents argue that the measure over-simplifies the complicated process of educating children, while providing limited ability for schools to improve their grade.
In a letter to San Juan School District staff, which was issued before the grades were released, Superintendent Doug Wright said, “While we may be disappointed in the grades, we recognize the progress that is being made towards improvement and the efforts that each of you are making to assure student success in your classroom and school.”