Max Facts: Utah test scores higher in high income neighborhoods

Utah standardized test scores are rising slowly in Math and Science, and staying flat in Language Arts, but as the State Office of Education released 2016 test scores the results at the local level were starkly different.

In this week’s Max Facts, I take a look at the correlation between the level of income in a given zip code and the performance of the local elementary school on Utah’s SAGE tests.

It might be obvious I find this a little disturbing and wonder what we can do to help kids who don’t grow up with the advantages my kids enjoy. If you have ideas, or if you’re aware of a school in a low-income area that seems to be bucking this trend, I’d love to hear from you on my Facebook page.

Click here to see 2016 SAGE results for Utah: https://datagateway.schools.utah.gov/Assessment/SAGE/2016