Utah Ranks 10th in Percentage of Students Passing AP Exams

The College Board today announced that with more than one out of five members of the class of 2011 passing an Advanced Placement (AP) exam, Utah ranked tenth in the nation for percentage of students passing AP exams. Utah, California, and Colorado were the only three Western states in the top 10. . . . → Read More

College and Career Readiness Assessment: Measuring and Encouraging Individual Student College and Career Readiness

As a part of its Vision and Mission Statement, Promises to Keep, the Utah State Board of Education has adopted a new Utah Common Core in Language Arts and Mathematics. These standards are backmapped from College and Career Readiness Standards. As a second pillar to the Promises to Keep foundation, the Board supports the adoption of a College and Career Readiness Assessment. . . . → Read More

SEOP: Plan for College and Career Ready

Steven Shumway and his parents meet with Mr. Moreno to create his college and career plan, called an SEOP

Steven Shumway has had his SEOP meeting with his parents. How About YOU? The parent-student meeting with a school counselor is a key activity that is part of the individual planning component of the Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program (CCGP). . . . → Read More

Legislative Committee adopts two State Board proposals

This morning, the Utah Legislature’s Education Interim Committee adopted two of the bills recommended by the Utah State Board of Education as committee bills, setting them up for a more speedy legislative process. Discussion of a third State Board proposed bill, South Jordan Republican Senator Aaron Osmond’s Public Education Employment Reform, which deals with teacher tenure and lays the foundation for performance pay, will continue at the next meeting when there is more time for what is expected to be a lengthy public hearing. . . . → Read More

State Board member on teacher tenure, evaluation

Tami Pyfer, Utah State Board of Education, District 1

A package of legislative recommendations received a preliminary nod of approval from the Utah State Board of Education on Friday. Among the Promises to Keep Legislative Agenda items is a recommendation to make some changes to how teachers are evaluated and terminated in Utah. Those curious about this recommendation should definitely read the letter to the editor by State Board Member Tami Pyfer published in today’s Logan Herald Journal. She breaks down what the proposal does, and what it doesn’t do. . . . → Read More

ACT: More Utah high school seniors college ready

More Utah high school seniors, and a more diverse group of seniors than ever before, took the ACT college entrance examination during their high school career and their average score held steady at 21.8 for the fourth year in a row, according to data released today by ACT. Utah’s scores continue to outpace the national average, which was at 21.1, ACT reported. . . . → Read More

A focus on the basics

Science Education_A focus on the basics_Prosperity 2020

Marty Carpenter from the Salt Lake Chamber provides an update on the business community’s education initiative, Prosperity 2020. Utah business leaders shaping the direction of Prosperity 2020 are exploring a number of initiatives to strengthen public education across the state with an emphasis on Utah’s youngest students. . . . → Read More

Here we go again!

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

Yet another report is taking a shot at Utah public education. In the latest by CNBC, Utah comes in 46th in education based upon four factors: test scores, per-pupil funding, class size and concentration of institutions of higher education. Last year, the Utah Foundation did a similar report comparing Utah to seven states with similar demographics, declaring our public education system wanting. As you have heard me say before, college and career readiness is the only true test of the success or failure of an education system. . . . → 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