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In the Media - UEA President speaks out about new school report cards and school grading

1/4/2019

UEA President Heidi Matthews was in the media discussing newly redesigned school accountability report cards released by the Utah State Board of Education. The school accountability reports are available on the Utah State Board of Education website. (Click links to view full stories)

  • Beyond the Books: New school report cards out today KUTV-2
    Heidi Matthews with the Utah Education Association says letter grades for schools are “unfair and demoralizing." She says the new interactive database will allow a parent to see how a school is doing based on new criteria...Matthews says the new criteria take into account challenges faced by schools that may have language and economic issues.
  • Utah State School Board releases new school report card — without grades KSL-TV
    Utah Education Association President Heidi Matthews said the new accountability report cards "are a vast improvement over previous accountability reports that focused on punitive and short-sighted single A-F letter grades.” The new report cards "represent a step in the right direction for parents, teachers, administrators and policymakers who really want to understand what’s happening in our schools. Our hope is the new data can identify where additional resources are needed to help our students succeed," said Matthews, leader of the state's largest teachers union.
  • Utah’s new version of school ‘grades’ are out — and here’s how Salt Lake County high schools fared Salt Lake Tribune
    Heidi Matthews, president of the Utah Education Association, said the new report cards better highlight where schools need resources. “The report cards are a vast improvement over previous accountability reports that focused on punitive and shortsighted single A though F letter grades,” said Matthews, leader of the state’s largest teacher union, in a statement.
  • New report 'vast improvement' over 'punitive, short-sighted' letter grades, says UEA president Deseret News
    Matthews, in a statement, said “UEA supports elimination of the letter-grade accountability model in favor of a dashboard model that provides parents, teachers, administrators and policymakers with more comprehensive data to inform decisions.”
  • New Report Cards Give Detail Insight Into Academic Performance At Utah Schools KUER Radio
    Heidi Matthews, the president of the Utah Education Association, is one of the critics of letter grade system. She said she hopes that system is eliminated one day, and more focus is placed on accountability reports like the one the state education board developed. “School grades do not accurately reflect things that are happening outside of a school — some of the challenges they may face,” she said. She also thinks the comprehensive data provided in report cards might help state lawmakers see what additional resources are needed at schools, especially as the legislative session is coming in with a surplus of funds. “This is really time and an opportunity to invest in our public schools in Utah,” Matthews said.

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