Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!_"Sunset Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah" by By Raj Hanchanahal Photography/flickr

Utah State Office of Education is closed today in observance of the Christmas Day holiday. USOE will reopen tomorrow, December 27. Happy Holidays! . . . → Read More



Utah School Leaders Participate in School Turnaround Initiative

District teams prepare to report out from a Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education Leadership workshop.

In the spring of 2011, the Southwest Comprehensive Center (SWCC) and the University of Virginia Darden School of Business/Curry School of Education entered into an agreement to support states in preparing and supporting outstanding leaders to help turn around low-performing schools. The Utah State Office of Education joined in the partnership and selected two school districts to participate in Cohort 1 of the Partnership for Leaders in Education initiative. During the 2011-2012 school year, four schools from Ogden School District and two schools from Provo School District participated. . . . → Read More



Education News Roundup for December 22

Education News Roundup for December 22

The Future Educators Association gets some experience in Ogden. Weber District uses ARRA money for preschools. New standards in the offing for education colleges? Links to these and many other stories are in today’s Enducation News Roundup. . . . → Read More



CMAC Letter Requests Restoring At-Risk Funding

Utah State Board of Education Coalition of Minorities Advisory Committee meets December 12, 2011

Last week, the Utah State Board of Education Coalition of Minorities Advisory Committee voted to take a stand in response to Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s budget, concerned by the omission of a State Board priority to restore funding for at-risk student programs. Read more to learn about how this became a State Board priority. . . . → Read More



Education News Roundup for December 21

Education News Roundup for December 21

“We want to start a new era of cooperation and appreciation with our partners in education,” said House Majority Leader Brad Dee, R-Ogden. “Right upfront … we think we need to be funding growth in education. Period.” Arizona high school will offer a STEM diploma. Want to know why it’s so hard to understand the offers from USA Prime Credit’s “Peggy” in those Discover Card commercials? It’s because Peggy speaks in polynomial equations. He’s a high school algebra teacher in real life. Links to these stories and many others are in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More



Education Committee Bills on the Move

2-8-11 Utah Capitol

The Utah Legislature’s 2012 General Session is 33 days away and there are already hundreds of bill files opened. Education is typically a hot topic with legislators, generating dozens of proposals each year. In the 2011 General Session, the Utah Legisalture considered 129 bills that dealth with Utah’s public education system. Of these, 85 passed. So, with the Legislative Session just around the corner, it’s time to once again start keeping track of the education proposals on the move at the Utah Capitol. . . . → Read More



New Federal Calculation Shows Utah Graduation Rates Improve; Utah Median Class Size Stays Stable in 2011

Utah Cohort Graduation Rates 2008-2011

New federally-mandated high school graduation calculations show Utah’s graduation rate growing from 69 percent in 2008 to 76 percent in 2011, according to data released today by the Utah State Office of Education. Another report released today showed the median class size for elementary classes in 2011 in Utah remained at 24 and at 29 for secondary schools. . . . → Read More



Education News Roundup for December 20

for December 20

Utah releases high school graduation rates and median class size reports. Is it Medicaid or transportation that’s pinching education funding? D-News looks at tenure. You’re a typical high school student. What do you want for lunch: black bean burgers and fresh pears or three bags of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and soda? Links to these and many more stories in today’s Education News Roundup . . . → Read More



Education News Roundup for December 19

for December 19, 2011

Should school districts put health insurance contracts out to bid? Education First wants more attention focused on education in Utah. Rep. Mel Brown discusses the upcoming budget battles. Herald Journal looks at the transition to Common Core. U.S. News & World Report looks at a Payson teacher (among others) who published his own textbook. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for December 19. . . . → Read More