2015 NAEP Math and Reading Results


In contrast to the nation, Utah fourth graders made statistically significant gains in reading on the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), according to data released today. Utah’s fourth graders also held steady in math achievement while the nation as a whole declined. Utah eighth graders also made gains, though not statistically significant gains, in both math and reading while the nation declined in both, NAEP said. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Oct. 26, 2015

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In today’s ENR: Utah’s 3 millionth resident was born today. What does that mean for schools in six years? The Envision Utah survey is released, complete with education results. Fox 13 looks at teacher turnover in Utah. Utah wins grant to help identify gifted readers in Title I schools. Obama administration calls for a limit on required testing in schools. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for Oct. 26. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Oct. 23, 2015

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In today’s ENR: There’s lots of follow up on Prosperity 2020’s plan for education in Utah. Sen. Dabakis discusses suicide among LGBT youth in Utah. New national survey finds high school kids are stressed, tired, and bored. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for Oct. 23. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Oct. 21, 2015

Artwork by students at Oakwood Elementary.

In today’s ENR: Good news on the budget front: Utah’s surplus is running at $103 million. New report from Wisconsin-based Center for Media and Democracy takes aim at state management of charter schools and the schools transparency. Ed Week produces a new supplement on student data privacy, using an incident in the Provo District as a launching point for one of the articles. Link to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for Oct. 21. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Oct. 20, 2015

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In today’s ENR: Utah “has gone above and beyond all others in its efforts to ensure high school students learn financial literacy,” new report says. It’s the law. Utah school districts can’t ask teachers if they have conceal- carry permits. Students who host a blood drive and collect 25 pints, will be eligible for scholarships. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for Oct. 20. . . . → Read More

State Partnership with Code.org

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Today the Utah STEM Action Center and the Utah State Office of Education announced a partnership with Code.org that will increase participation in computer science courses by women and underrepresented students of color. . . . → Read More

Physical Education Standards Public Review


The Utah State Board of Education voted Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, to release draft K-12 Utah Physical Education Core Standards for a 90-day public review period. The revisions can be viewed here: Physical Education Core Standards Revision, and year-by-year comparison of changes to standards. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Oct. 15, 2015

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In today’s ENR: Logan sets student achievement goals. Are states (like Utah) ready to take on school turnaround? Ogden District considers policy for emotional support animals for students. How well is the curriculum matching up with the Common Core standards nationally? Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for Oct. 15. . . . → Read More

State Board October Meeting Summary


In its October 9, 2015 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education: • Agreed to put draft updates to 6-8 Science, Fine Arts, Physical Education, and Financial Literacy standards out for public review. • Approved the nation’s first statewide digital teaching and learning master plan. • Approved a testing opt-out policy and form for use in opting students out of statewide exams. • Forwarded to a Board committee a draft of a Board Strategic Plan for further work. . . . → Read More