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Upton overturns low performance ranking, challenges SBE statute

Student participation is the one area outside of an educator’s control, argued Upton Superintendent Dr. Summer Stephens as she presented her appeal to the Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) in a teleconference Nov. 10. Stephens requested that Weston County School District #7 be granted an exemption from the Participation Rate, raising their School Performance rating up to “meets expectations” from “partially meets expectations.” After initially denying the request, SBE granted the exception in a 7-4 re-vote.

Upton High School’s rating was initially lowered because the school failed to meet the 95 percent participation rate on the statewide assessment, which is required as part of Wyoming’s state accountability model. In a class of 20 seniors, two students failed to show up for the ACT test, which drove the school’s rating down to 90 percent. One student stayed home while the other showed up late, which ACT testing rules automatically disqualifies.

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