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

Education News Roundup: Sept. 22, 2017

Park City deals with high opt-out rates on SAGE. Utah Association of Public Charter Schools names Syracuse Arts Academy the Outstanding Charter School of the Year. ENR notes with sadness the passing of former Utah State Board of Education Member Greg Haws. ED approves Massachusetts’ ESSA plan. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

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

Public Hearing on Rule R277-700 The Elementary and Secondary School General Core

The Utah State Board of Education will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. This hearing is being convened to receive public comment on Administrative Rule R277-700 The Elementary and Secondary School General Core. . . . → Read More

Utah State Board of Education Meeting Summary for Sept. 7, 2017

In its September 7 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education: Moved forward a Board plan to restructure the state’s educator licensing system. Approved Utah’s Every Student Succeeds Act plan. Named Leah Voorhies as Assistant Superintendent of Student Support. . . . → 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