Education News Roundup: Sept. 21, 2017

Utah State Board of Education hears from both sides about the new middle school course flexibility rule. Legislators discuss school report cards. Are changes coming for educator licensing? Learning Policy Institute takes a national look at why teachers are quitting. Report finds U.S. spending on education is dropping relative to other nations. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → 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

Utah State Charter School Board Meeting Agenda for Sept. 14, 2017

The Utah State Charter School Board will hold its monthly meeting beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at the offices of the Utah State Board of Education, 250 E 500 South, Salt Lake City. . . . → 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

Education News Roundup: Aug. 31, 2017

Logan town hall meeting focuses on teacher recruitment and retention. Jordan School Board bars gathering of petition signatures at school. Feds approve four more state ESSA plans. Georgia Supreme Court rules that self-defense may be a justification for fighting in school. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Aug. 30, 2017

Districts begin looking at new flexibility in middle school courses. Kairos Academy drops its appeal of the State Charter School Board’s decision to terminate its charter. Some middle school students are attending a small satellite conference in Utah. Ed Week looks at the pay of state superintendents. Are teachers using memes, emojis, and GIFs to teach a lesson? All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More