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Many people agree that there are problems with our education system. The big question is - what do we do about it? It's the question we're asking in our series "Improving Utah Schools." We'll look at the world of ideas for creating better education for our kids and ask what can be done to make those ideas a reality.Image by Derek Baird/Creative Commons via flickr

Improving Utah Schools: School Accountability

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How do you measure a school's success? In Utah, we have two systems and a passionate debate about how each serves schools and students. One is School Grading, which gives easily understood A – F grades. The other is the Utah Comprehensive Accountability System, which proponents say is a more nuanced approach to measuring and facilitating improvement. Wednesday, we're talking about the role these and other accountability systems play in making education better. 

What was your reaction to your schoo'ls grade? If you're a parent, what actions are you taking now that you've seen the grade? Do you want to move your child? Volunteer to help improve the school's performance? We're hoping to hear from you. Post in the discussion board, send an email to radiowest@kuer.orgor call during the show 801-585-WEST (9378)

Haven't seen your school's assessment yet? You can look it up at http://psdreports.schools.utah.gov/Gateway


Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.