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

State Board, Education Interim Committee Joint Meeting Agenda

The Utah State Board of Education will hold a joint meeting with the Education Interim Committee beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 in the Multipurpose Room at Salt Lake Community College, South City Campus, 1575 S State Street, Salt Lake City. . . . → Read More

Two State Board proposals on Education Interim Committee agenda

2-8-11 Utah Capitol

Two of the three pieces of assessment legislation the Utah State Board of Education has proposed for the upcoming session have been picked up by legislators. The draft bills are on today’s Education Interim Committee meeting agenda. . . . → Read More

Why do we need common assessments?

Dixie Allen, Vice Chair Utah State Board of Education

Accountability has driven the need for common standards for all students and common assessments to validate student performance, especially for state education systems. Unfortunately, these testing results are now being used to do more than just verify that students are successful. Because of this, we must use the same measuring stick. . . . → Read More

Preparing Utah students for college and careers: Why EPAS should replace UBSCT

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

Utah State Board of Education Member Dave Thomas looks at whether replacing the Utah Basic Skills Competency Test (UBSCT) with ACT’s Educational Planning and Assessment System (EPAS) is worth the $2 million price tag. To answer this question, he looks to recent studies on the effectiveness of the college and career readiness testing program. . . . → Read More

Summary for May 5, 2011, Utah State Board of Education Meeting

In this meeting, the Utah State Board of Education clarified the maturation program for Utah teachers; helped eight charter schools begin operations, renovate or expand with $1.4 million in loans; and examined the development of Utah’s Public Education Online website. . . . → Read More

Another 19 ed bills unveiled as session enters the final stretch

Stack of Bills

This is the first day of the last full week of the Utah Legislature’s 2011 general session, which officially ends Thursday, March 10 at the stroke of midnight. The last day scheduled for committee hearings is Wednesday. And while the end is drawing very near, we have 19 new education-related bills to add to our bills to watch list. . . . → Read More

Third grade language arts trending up despite challenges

Associate Superintendent Judy Park and the Utah State Office of Education’s data analysts created this telling report showing overall proficiency in English Language Arts is trending upward despite significant demographic changes, steady enrollment growth and reduced literacy funding. . . . → Read More