Education News Roundup: Aug. 21, 2017

School districts begin looking at middle school course options. KSL finds the teacher shortage has eased in Utah. Tribune updates us on the Dreamers. New Gallup poll finds most Americans are satisfied with their child’s education. A different poll finds support for charter schools has dropped. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Instructional Materials Commission Nominations Sought

There is currently an opening on the Instructional Materials Commission for a lay citizen member. Nominees for this position may not be currently employed as Utah educators, but should possess an interest in evaluating K-12 curriculum materials. . . . → Read More

News Release: Paula Plant Appointed as Interim Director of School Children’s Trust

Utah State Board of Education Chair Mark Huntsman authorized the appointment of Paula Plant as interim director of School Children’s Trust Section, effective Aug. 8, 2017. Plant will serve as the interim director until the Utah State Board of Education appoints a new director. . . . → Read More

Utah State Board of Education Meeting Summary for Aug. 4, 2017

In its August 4 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education: Approved the use of end-of year SAGE tests for high school freshman and sophomores in spring 2018. Added flexibility to middle school/junior high school course requirements. Forwarded a draft copy of Utah’s Every Student Succeeds Act plan to the Governor and Legislature for their review. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Aug. 4, 2017

State Board of Education looks at ninth and 10th grade year-end tests in Utah. Board’s Law and Licensing Committee kills a proposal to amend its rule on the online educator license web site. Provo Herald wonders why there are so few women in education leadership roles in Utah County. Standard takes a look a student discipline in Ogden District. Ed Week looks at testing flexibility in ESSA. Cal State drops its requirements for placement exams, remedial classes in math and English for freshmen. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

State Charter School Board Meeting on Aug. 11, 2017

The Utah State Charter School Board will hold its August meeting beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, August 11, 2017 at the offices of the Utah State Board of Education, 250 E 500 South, Salt Lake City. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Aug. 3, 2017

Weber School District heads to the ballot with a $97 million bond proposal. A military wife with 20 years of teaching experience discusses the difficulties of finding a job matching her experience. Her current station: Utah. Late Weber School Board President Brent Richardson leaves the district foundation $100,000. Kaysville’s Career Path High School gets some national kudos for its use of open educational resources. How much are tax breaks for big box stores affecting education funding nationally? Two new national efforts are underway to help teachers use technology in the classroom. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

State Board of Education Meeting Agenda for Aug. 3-4, 2017

The Utah State Board of Education will hold committee meetings, meet as the Governing Board of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, and hold a study session at the Board’s office, 250 E 500 South, Salt Lake City on Thursday, August 3, 2017 beginning at 8 a.m. The full Board will meet on Friday, August 4 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Board’s Salt Lake City office. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Aug. 2, 2017

Granite District Board approves a 12% tax hike. Weber Board considers bonds rather than a tax hike. ED approves the first state ESSA plan; or should we say First State since it was for Delaware. New survey finds 90 percent of parents think their kids are doing just fine in math and reading. The reality? Not so much. How much of this is due to education jargon getting in the way? Should writing instruction focus on expression or grammar? What changes when you teach reading via print and via computers? All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More