Education News Roundup: Aug. 23, 2012

"Math Cross Stitch" by Jessica Kelly/CC/flickr

In today’s ENR: Alpine District is coming up with some goals and direction for its $150,000 Flash donation for math. Fox looks at the new healthier school lunch. School districts are now in the marketing biz. Student-built house impresses in Salt Lake Parade of Homes Project » Canyons Technical Education Center students worked on the home for nearly a year. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for Aug. 23. . . . → 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

Who Will You Nominate?

Utah Commission on Volunteers

Do you have an outstanding volunteer in your classroom? Do you know someone or a group of people who work hard to improve your community? Celebrate an extraordinary volunteer or service organization by nominating them for one of the 2011 Utah Volunteer Service Awards. . . . → Read More

State Charter Board Screens Applicants for 2013-14 School Year

Utah Charter Schools

Eight applicants will come before the Utah State Charter School Board tomorrow, seeking charters to open new schools in the fall of 2013. The State Charter Board will meet with the governing boards of the prospective charter schools in a six-hour work session following its regularly scheduled board meeting. . . . → 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

Learning Forward Selects Utah as Critical Friend State for Common Core Implementation

Learning Forward Logo_"Utah Selected by Learning Forward as ‘Critical Friend State’ to Review and Contribute to Creation of System to Support Teachers Implementing Common Core State Standards"

Utah has been selected as a Critical Friend in a new initiative led by Learning Forward – a national membership and advocacy organization focused on professional development – to create a statewide, comprehensive system to support educators as they implement Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and new student assessments. . . . → Read More

Utah’s First Lady participating in reading event with at-risk readers

Utah's First Lady Participating in Reading Event with At-Risk Readers_"Read to the Dogs" by Fairfax County Public Library/flickr

First Lady Jeanette Herbert will participate in a reading event with the Intermountain Therapy Animals (I.T.A.) R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) program. Previously, Mrs. Herbert donated books to Copperview Elementary, a Title I school. The event will be attended by 30 to 40 first-grade students, dogs in the I.T.A R.E.A.D.Teams, I.T.A administration and school administration. . . . → Read More

State Superintendent Celebrates School Bus Safety Week Tomorrow

Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction Larry K. Shumway will celebrate National School Bus Safety Week by riding on a school bus to Indian Hills Elementary School in the Salt Lake City School District tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 18. . . . → 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