New law does away with Utah school accountability reports

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SALT LAKE CITY -- A new law will change the way testing is conducted at Utah schools.

For the next two years, the law exempts the Utah State Office of Education and public schools from developing annual U-PASS reports that show which schools meet state testing goals. It also suspends the 10th grade basic skills competency test for the same period of time.

Up to this point, Utah schools have been held to two accountability programs -- the state U-PASS system and the federal No Child Left Behind law. Now that schools are no longer required to meet U-PASS standards, No Child Left Behind is the only accountability system left in the state.

Lawmakers claim the new law is meant to save the state money. Schools will be required to publish U-PASS progress reports again in 2013.

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