Utah State Office of Education Recognizes High Performing Title I Schools

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The United States Congress has long recognized that higher poverty schools face unique challenges in educating students and provides supplementary assistance to those schools in the form of Title I funds. Schools that meet high levels of achievement and close the learning gap despite these challenges are to be commended. . . . → Read More

Comparing Florida and Utah Education Needs Caution

Utah State Board of Education Member Kim Burningham




During the last month, Florida Governor Jeb Bush appeared in Utah again. Reports indicate his message’s bottom line was the same he gave a year ago when he was brought to Salt Lake City: education challenges can be answered with the “Florida miracle.” I believe, however, some cautions about the Florida example need to be reiterated before anyone jumps to conclusions. . . . → Read More

Closing the achievement gap

Utah State Board of Education Member Dave Thomas blogs for UtahPublicEducation.org "Closing the Achievement Gap"




What is the achievement gap? Seems a simple enough question, but the answer might surprise you. The achievement gap comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. It also matters how that achievement gap is being measured and by what testing methodology. Hence, when someone talks about the achievement gap without providing more details, they are not really saying anything useful. . . . → Read More

Utah continues to struggle with achievment gaps




Utah continues to struggle with an achievement gap between its Hispanic and white students, according to the National Center for Education Statistics report Achievement Gaps: How Hispanic and White Students in Public Schools Perform in Mathematics and Reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, released today. It serves as a reminder that achievement gaps continue to pose a problem for Utah’s public education system, as well as for systems around the country. . . . → Read More

Conference focuses on equity as the cornerstone of a quality education




Now is the time to register for the 2011 Equity in Action Conference for Utah teachers, principals, district administrators, local school board members, legislators and parents interested in shrinking and eventually eliminating the achievement gap. The conference takes place June 10 and 11 at the University of Utah. . . . → Read More

Education Reform: Utah v. Florida

Utah State Board of Education Member Dave Thomas blogs for UtahPublicEducation.org "Closing the Achievement Gap"




Utah State Board of Education Member Dave Thomas analyzes the data behind the buzz surrounding Florida’s education reforms. How do Utah’s reforms stack up? . . . → Read More