Utah State Board of Education Meeting Summary for Aug. 4, 2017

In its August 4 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education: Approved the use of end-of year SAGE tests for high school freshman and sophomores in spring 2018. Added flexibility to middle school/junior high school course requirements. Forwarded a draft copy of Utah’s Every Student Succeeds Act plan to the Governor and Legislature for their review. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: July 25, 2017

Point of the Mountain Development Commission looks at coming explosive growth in south Salt Lake and north Utah counties. Ogden School District help group working to help central Ogden residents. Congratulations to new Carbon School District Superintendent Lance T. Hatch. Congratulations to Utah’s 2017 President’s Education Awards Program winners. Secretary DeVos touts local control in her meeting with ALEC in Denver. Study finds free ACT or SAT exams for all increases college enrollment for low-income students. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: June 22, 2017

Legislature considers cleaning up Utah’s education code, but is also considering 90 education-related bills (so far) for the 2018 session. New census data shows Utah’s younger population is growing ever more diverse. Several public education groups received “Talent Ready Utah” grants. Alabama drops ACT Aspire. Fidget spinners are soooooo 20 minutes ago. The newest thing: Mini-crossbows. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

State Board of Education Meeting Summary: June 2, 2017

In its June 2 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education: Discussed the progress of public schools and education governance with Gov. Gary R. Herbert. Prioritized an audit of school fees among district and charter schools to look at equity and access issues for students. Agreed to exclude high school junior SAGE and ACT test results this year where schools could choose between the tests. The ACT scores will be used for school accountability reports beginning with the 2017-18 school year. Ratified the appointment of Patty Norman as Deputy Superintendent of School Achievement. . . . → Read More

What’s Next for School Grades?

If you’re one of the educators, parents, or students wondering what comes next in school grading, student testing, and education accountability in Utah, the Utah State Board of Education has a new two-page flyer that may be of help. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: March 7, 2017

House advances the High School Activities Association bill. Logan High set to begin its Innovations program next year. Minnesota teachers want help with understanding assessment data and how it can inform instruction. Colorado moves from ACT for all to SAT for all. Texas prepares to add $1.6 billion to its education fund. While Wyoming looks to cut $34 million from its education fund. Chance the Rapper, in the meantime, donates $1 million to Chicago public schools. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Nov. 15 – 2016

Statewide E.Y.E. (Entry Years Enhancement) Coordinators meeting at the Utah State Board of Education office.

Utahns Overwhelmingly Want Better Funded Schools. Five students stabbed in Mountain View High School locker room. Orem Elementary School honors custodian for service in armed forces. ACT Offers First Accommodations for English-Language Learners. . . . → Read More

K-12 Math and English Standards to Undergo Review

The Utah State Board of Education voted Friday to begin a review of English language arts and mathematics standards and move toward discontinuing SAGE testing in high schools. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: March 22, 2016

In today’s ENR: Capacity of State Ed. Departments Waning on Brink of ESSA Rollout For some, cuts may hinder ESSA planning. South Salt Lake City Council debates, effectively tables plan for Granite High property. Provo City School District expands gifted program. Woods Cross students help grant 3-year-old cancer patient’s Disney wish. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for March 22, 2016. . . . → Read More