Six Utah Teachers Named as Finalists for Presidential Teaching Award

The Utah State Office of Education, in conjunction with the National Science Foundation, is pleased to announce the six state finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching. . . . → 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

Four Utah schools receive millions in federal school improvement grants

Today, the Utah State Office of Education announced the four recipients of this year’s School Improvement Grants (SIG). The SIG program helps persistently low-achieving schools make significant changes, such as replacing their principals and rehiring half their staff; converting to a charter school; closing the school; and rewriting their curriculum, implementing intensive professional development and extending the school day. . . . → Read More

Utah receives $2.63 million for lowest achieving schools

On Friday, we learned Utah’s School Improvement Grants (SIG) application was approved, giving the state $2.6 million more to turn around persistently low-achieving schools. The funds add to the $6 million the state has received so far. There are 64 Utah public schools eligible for the funds, though only a handful will receive the funding. The winning schools should be announced this week. . . . → Read More

NAEP science scores released

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah’s fourth grade students scored on average 5 points higher than their peers nationally and Utah’s eighth grade students scored on average 9 points higher than their peers nationally on the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests, according to data released today by the National Center for Education Statistics. . . . → Read More