Education News Roundup: Dec. 21 – 2016

Sen. Hillyard (at Cache Valley Daily) and Gov. Herbert (at Utah Policy) each talk about the education budget. Utah students are getting better at math. Uintah School Board will meet tonight and discuss the superintendent’s contract. KUER looks at special education in Utah. . . . → Read More



Education News Roundup: Dec. 14 – 2016

In today’s ENR: State Auditor looks at what underfunded pensions are costing Utah’s public schools. PoliceOne takes a look at a Centerville first responder who was called to a shooting incident at his son’s school. Utah Policy’s Bob Bernick notes that there are already 970 bills being prepared for the upcoming legislative session. . . . → Read More



State Board Meeting Summary

In its December 9, 2016 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education: • Elected Mark Huntsman as the next chairman and elected Terryl Warner, Brittney Cummins, and Alisa Ellis as first, second, and third vice chairs respectively. • Adopted the Board’s Charter School Task Force recommendations seeking to clarify the governing roles of the Utah State Board of Education and the Utah State Charter School Board. • Adopted a resolution seeking a single, coherent school accountability system in the state. . . . → Read More



Education News Roundup: Nov. 22 – 2017

Graduation Cap Cupcake

Utah’s High School Graduation Rate Rises to 85 Percent in 2016. REL Study Challenges the Traditional Perception That When Students Drop Out They Leave School Permanently. Commentary: What the Best School Districts Do Right. New study shows variety in teachers’ influences on kids’ futures, and how poorly we measure that. . . . → Read More



CTE to Celebrate 100 Years

On February 23, 1917 Congress signed into law the Smith Hughes National Vocational Education Act. This Act funded vocational education in the high schools, the precursor of Career and Technical Education, and began as training for boys in agriculture and the trades of the industrial revolution. Women, in domestic arts (home economics) and business education, were also part of the movement. . . . → Read More



November Meeting Summary

n its November 4, 2016 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education: Gave preliminary approval to an amended rule dealing with public school participation in organizations like the Utah High School Activities Association. Approved Digital Teaching and Learning grants for four school districts and two charter schools. Reviewed student enrollment numbers from the October 1 head count conducted in Utah public schools. . . . → Read More



USBE November Agenda

The Utah State Board of Education will hold a training session, a study session meet as the Governing Board of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, and hold committee meetings beginning at 2:15 p.m. at the Board’s office, 250 E 500 South, Salt Lake City on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. . . . → Read More



Utah Eighth Graders Top Nation in Science; Fourth Graders Ranked Eighth

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah eighth graders turned in the best science scores in the nation in 2015, collectively raising their average score by five points and beating the national average by eight points, according to data released today by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card. Utah fourth graders raised their average score by six points, enough to rank eighth in the nation in 2015, NAEP also reported. . . . → Read More



More Utah Students Take AP Exams

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A total of 25,142 Utah public school students – 6 percent overall increase from 2015 – took a total of 38,685 advanced placement (AP) exams in 2016. 66 percent of Utah public schools students earned scores of 3, 4, or 5, good enough to earn college credit, on those exams, according to College Board data. Nationally, just 55.9 percent of public school students scored a 3, 4, or 5 on AP exams in 2016, College Board noted. . . . → Read More