To create the elementary school ranking analysis, Deseret Digital Media (DDM), which manages the websites for KSL, Deseret News and Deseret Book, took the average percentage of students in each public school in Utah who scored above proficient on language arts and math and ranked them accordingly. These are the lowest-scoring schools with more than 250 students. A total of 617 elementary schools were analyzed. See the 10 top-scoring schools in the state. EMAIL: slenz@desnews.com, jferguson@desnews.com Twitter: @SaraLenz, @JoeyFerguson

10 Roy Elementary School — Roy, Weber School District

Average percent of students proficient on math and language arts state test scores in 2010: 51.16 percent

Total Pop: 553
Percent of students on free and reduced lunch: 60.43 percent

White: 420, Black: 7, Hispanic: 99, Asian/pacific islander: 19, Amer Ind/Alaskan: 8

Linda Anderson, principal at Roy Elementary School, is concerned with the growing socio-economic issues at the school. In the last five years, the percent of students receiving free or reduced lunch has gone from 20 to 62 percent.
“When there is a socio-economic drop there is usually a test drop,” Anderson said.

The school brought in a member of AmeriCorps, who started math tutoring and after school math programs. The school has also set goals for each student for the upcoming tests based on their previous scores.

9 Jackling School — West Valley City, Granite School District
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Average percent of students proficient on math and language arts state test scores in 2010: 50.88 percent

Total Pop: 600
Percent of students on free and reduced lunch: 62.33 percent

White: 274, Black: 14, Hispanic: 241, Asian/pacific islander: 58, Amer Ind/Alaskan: 13

8 Odyssey — Ogden, Ogden School District

Average percent of students proficient on math and language arts state test scores in 2010: 48.95 percent

Total Pop: 615
Percent of students on free and reduced lunch: 95.77 percent

White: 102, Black: 17, Hispanic: 477, Asian/pacific islander: 1, Amer Ind/Alaskan: 8

7 Gramercy — Ogden, Ogden School District

Average percent of students proficient on math and language arts state test scores in 2010: 47.45 percent

Total Pop: 559
Percent of students on free and reduced lunch: 85.82 percent

White: 208, Black: 7, Hispanic: 320, Asian/pacific islander: 11, Amer Ind/Alaskan: 11

Language barriers are a major issue at Gramercy, said Dale Wilkinson, the school’s principal. Teachers must adapt their lessons to accommodate a large demographic of Hispanics attending the school. For example, translators are needed at parent-teacher conferences.

6 Vae View — Layton, Davis School District
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Average percent of students proficient on math and language arts state test scores in 2010: 47.08 percent

Total Pop: 438
Percent of students on free and reduced lunch: 71.76 percent

White: 245, Black: 2, Hispanic: 148, Asian/pacific islander: 15, Amer Ind/Alaskan: 5

Dr. Helene Van Natter, principal of Vae View, said the school has made progress over the years on state tests, but not well enough to make the federal standard. A lot of their students are transient, which is hard for teachers, she said.

5 Eagle View — Roosevelt, Uintah School District
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Average percent of students proficient on math and language arts state test scores in 2010: 45.19 percent

Total Pop: 492
Percent of students on free and reduced lunch: 75.20 percent

White: 164, Black: 0, Hispanic: 19, Asian/pacific islander: 4, Amer Ind/Alaskan: 300

4 Gateway Preparatory Academy — Enoch, Charter School
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Average percent of students proficient on math and language arts state test scores in 2010: 38.13 percent

Total Pop: 506
Percent of students on free and reduced lunch: 57.58 percent

White: 455, Black: 2, Hispanic: 32, Asian/pacific islander: 8, Amer Ind/Alaskan: 9

3 Thomas O. Smith — Ogden, Ogden School District

Average percent of students proficient on math and language arts state test scores in 2010: 40.78 percent

Total Pop: 587
Percent of students on free and reduced lunch: 86.46 percent

White: 179, Black: 4, Hispanic: 395, Asian/pacific islander: 3, Amer Ind/Alaskan: 5

2 James Madison — Ogden, Ogden School District

Average percent of students proficient on math and language arts state test scores in 2010: 38.93 percent

Total Pop: 672
Percent of students on free and reduced lunch: 97.35 percent

White: 127, Black: 18, Hispanic: 492, Asian/pacific islander: 7, Amer Ind/Alaskan: 25

Principal Julie Palmer-Gnotta said the biggest challenge at James Madision is the high mobility rate with classrooms turning over about a third of their students during the year. Also nearly one in ten of their students are homeless.

The school is meeting its students needs more this year by grouping students by skill and proficiency. The school is also focusing on improving math scores and added 15 more minutes of math instruction this year and will add another 15 minutes next school year. They have also implemented a language arts intervention program and will hold a summer school for students at risk.

1 Dee school — Ogden, Ogden School District

Average percent of students proficient on math and language arts state test scores in 2010: 38.13 percent

Total Pop: 457
Percent of students on free and reduced lunch: 93.86 percent

White: 97, Black: 16, Hispanic: 329, Asian/pacific islander: 8, Amer Ind/Alaskan: 7

The school attributes its low scores to high at-risk population: many students are in poverty, have high mobility and/or speak English as a second language, said Sondra Jolovich-Motes, principal at the school. “Parents are working so hard to provide the bare essentials, it makes it dificult for them to put all this extra energy to make sure their children are doing their homework,” she said.

The school just got a new principal this year and is focusing on quality instruction, assessing progress weekly and implementing better practices in reading and math.