Education News Roundup: October 27, 2016




Utah eighth graders top the nation and Utah fourth graders turn in a top 10 performance in 2015 NAEP science tests. Alliance for a Better Utah pushes back against the Utah Technology Council for its State Board of Education endorsements. Southern Utah is avoiding the teacher shortage. Utah State Board of Education First Vice Chair Thomas writes in support of Amendment B. Nationally, a report finds one in four teachers are absent 10 or more days per school year. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Utah Eighth Graders Top Nation in Science; Fourth Graders Ranked Eighth




SALT LAKE CITY – Utah eighth graders turned in the best science scores in the nation in 2015, collectively raising their average score by five points and beating the national average by eight points, according to data released today by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card. Utah fourth graders raised their average score by six points, enough to rank eighth in the nation in 2015, NAEP also reported. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: July 6, 2016

Summer Meals Program event/ Education News Roundup




In today’s ENR: How much do we really know about closing the achievement gap? Summer Reading Tips To Prevent ‘Summer Brain Drain.’ U.S. Education Department releases proposed regulations to encourage better and fairer tests, reduce burden of testing. Utah youth suicide now leading cause of death for Utah kids ages 11 to 17. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for July 6. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: May 17, 2016

2016 Sorenson Legacy Awards for Excellence in Arts Education.




In today’s ENR: Legislature will take up Gov. Herbert’s education line-item vetoes in special session on Wednesday. How are Utah’s schools dealing with transgender students and bathrooms? Three Alpine Board members write in opposition to ED’s guidance letter on transgender students. Girls perform better than boys on the first NAEP engineering and technology test. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for May 17, 2016. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Oct. 29




In today’s ENR: D-News follows up on the NAEP results in language arts and math. Summit County Attorney’s Office is looking into the Park City School District bond election. High school scrap books are being digitized. Gov. Herbert would like to meet with newly-elected Speaker Paul Ryan to discuss ESEA reauthorization. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for Oct. 29. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: April 29, 2015

Utah State Board of Education members Brittney Cummins, Linda Hansen and Laura Belnap attended the 2015 CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards




In today’s ENR: Congratulations to Payson High rodeo star Wyatt Johnson, who was named Sports Illustrated April High School Athlete of the Month. This is a first for rodeo athletes. Utah State Board of Education is still looking for your feedback on the proposed middle school science standards. There was a meeting last night in Vernal. Next meeting is May 6 in Provo. The National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP, but pronounced “nape”) has released 2014 results in U.S. history, geography, and civics. These are only national results. No state-level data is available. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for April 29. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: May 7, 2014

"Reading Chair" by Brit/CC/flickr




In today’s ENR: South Jordan sets up a feasibility study on splitting from Jordan School District. 2013 NAEP 12th grade reading and math scores show no improvement over 2009. National data is available. No state-level data. Links to these stories and many more are available in the Education News Roundup for May 7. . . . → Read More

“Sit in my Seat”

Jennifer Johnson, Utah State Board of Education Member, District 8




Jennifer Johnson, Utah State Board of Education member, invites the public to “sit in her seat” and learn more about the Common Core Standards from fellow board member Dave Thomas. . . . → Read More

Measuring Student Progress

Utah State Board of Education Member Kim Burningham




We live in an age of measurement. Polls abound. Evaluations of everything from products to services are abundant. Student testing is intense. This emphasis on measuring results is frequently good; when we have measured the success or weakness of something, we better know how to improve performance. I believe, however, that the emphasis on measurement also has its downside. . . . → Read More