Utah school grades fall overall despite SAGE improvements

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Though SAGE exam results were slightly improved last year, schools across Utah received worse grades overall from the Utah State Board of Education.

The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/2d08SWF ) that according to school rating data released Thursday, only 54 percent of Utah schools received A or B grades, down from 62 percent the year before. In addition, the number of high schools earning D or F grades double from 16 to 33.

More elementary schools also received D of Fs, up from 58 to 85.

The reduction comes after the Legislature in March passed a bill to raise the bar for grades if more than 65 percent of schools earn A or B grades. Both elementary and high schools passed that benchmark.