Utah Public School Students Increase AP Participation, Improve Scores

A total of 26,544 Utah public school students – a 5.4 percent increase from 2016 – took 40,755 advanced placement (AP) exams in 2017. 67 percent of those students earned scores of 3, 4, or 5, up from 66 percent in 2016 and good enough to earn college credit on those exams, according to College Board data. Nationally, 56 percent of public school students scored a 3, 4, or 5 on AP exams in 2017, College Board noted. . . . → Read More

Utah School Grades Decline Slightly in 2017

Mirroring a slight decrease in student scores from the Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE) tests in language arts, mathematics and science released earlier this month, fewer Utah elementary schools earned grades of A or B this year. There was, however, a slight uptick in Utah high schools earning a grade of A, according to results released today by the Utah State Board of Education. . . . → Read More

Governor Appoints James Moss, Jr. to State Charter School Board

The Utah State Charter School Board announced today that Gov. Gary R. Herbert has named James R. Moss, Jr. to fill the position on the Board vacated by Greg Haws, who resigned earlier this year following a move to St. George. . . . → Read More

Scores on annual end-of-level Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE) tests in language arts, mathematics and science dipped slightly in 2017 for the first time in four years, the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) reported today. . . . → Read More

Uintah High English Teacher Named Utah Teacher of the Year

The Utah State Board of Education today named Aaryn Snow Birchell, an English teacher at Uintah High School in Vernal, as 2018 Utah Teacher of the Year. . . . → Read More

Utah ACT Composite Scores Rise Slightly in 2017

In 2017 42,580 Utah students – 97 percent of whom are public school students – took the ACT college entrance exam and posted an average score of 20.3, one-tenth of a point higher than in 2016, according to data released today by ACT. Nationally, composite scores rose from 20.8 in 2016 to 21.0 in 2017. . . . → Read More

Treasurer Damschen, State Superintendent Dickson Announce Largest Permanent State School Fund Distribution in Utah History

SALT LAKE CITY – At an event at Nibley Park School, Utah State Treasurer David Damschen, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sydnee Dickson, and School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) Director David Ure today announced the largest distribution from the Permanent State School Fund in Utah history. The year’s disbursement to schools increased to a record $64.25 million – a 30 percent increase over the previous year’s distribution of $49.3 million. The spike in distributions is due to continued growth and investment of the $2.3 billion Permanent State School Fund and Utah voter passage of Constitutional Amendment B in November 2016. . . . → Read More

Utah’s 2017 Finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Announced

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah State Board of Education announced today the names of the four 2017 Utah finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. They are: . . . → Read More

Study: More than Half of New Utah Teachers Quit Within Seven Years

Fifty-six percent of Utah teachers who began in the teaching profession in 2007-08 were no longer classroom teachers in Utah by 2014-15, according to a study released today by the Utah Education Policy Center (UPEC) in collaboration with the Utah State Board of Education. . . . → Read More