Education News Roundup: March 24, 2017

Can the State Charter School Board exercise eminent domain? The Spectrum looks at LGBTQ students in Utah in the wake of the passage of SB196. U.S. News & World Report looks at split reactions in the charter school community to Trump administration school choice policies. The U.S. Department of Education looks at data security among education contracting firms. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

New Federal Calculation Shows Utah Graduation Rates Improve; Utah Median Class Size Stays Stable in 2011

Utah Cohort Graduation Rates 2008-2011

New federally-mandated high school graduation calculations show Utah’s graduation rate growing from 69 percent in 2008 to 76 percent in 2011, according to data released today by the Utah State Office of Education. Another report released today showed the median class size for elementary classes in 2011 in Utah remained at 24 and at 29 for secondary schools. . . . → Read More

Utah Public Schools Add 11,500 New Students in 2011

Utah’s public schools grew by 11,500 students, or about 2 percent, between 2010 and 2011, according to new figures released today by the Utah State Office of Education. October 1 enrollment counts show there are now 587,745 students in Utah public schools. . . . → Read More

Utah students make gains in AP pass rates in 2011

A total of 18,508 Utah students took 29,851 Advance Placement (AP) exams in 2011 and passed them at a rate of 68 percent, according to data released today by the College Board, creators of the AP exams. This represents a 7.5 percent increase in AP participation in Utah and an increase of 1 percent in passage rates. . . . → 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

Will integrating science in CTE boost test scores?

End-of-year testing is wrapping up now in the 15 Utah high schools from 13 districts participating in a semester-long research project to determine whether integrating science lessons into Career and Technology Education Health Science programs will boost student achievement. . . . → Read More

Utah sees second largest increase in per-pupil funding, remains lowest in nation

The U.S. Census Bureau today released “Public School Finances 2009,” which offers comparative data on school financial systems in the U.S. Of special note in the bureau’s release is that Utah saw the second largest increase in per-pupil spending for the U.S. between 2008 and 2009, with an increase of 10.3 percent. Utah, however, remains at the bottom of per-pupil funding. . . . → Read More

Improving international competitiveness with college and career readiness standards

Will college and career readiness standards, such as the now widely adopted Common Core State Standards, help students in the U.S. regain a competitive edge in the global marketplace? That’s the question ACT aims to answer in a new report, “Affirming the Goal: Is College and Career Readiness an Internationally Competitive Standard?” . . . → Read More

Calling all software developers and data crunchers! is letting “hackers” access its cache of data on public school teachers and their classroom needs collected over the past decade. No, it’s not a security breach. It’s a new contest unveiled earlier today, “Hacking Education.” . . . → Read More