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

Prosperity 2020 announces support of KSL’s Read Today program

Marty Carpenter_Salt Lake Chamber Communications Director_Prosperity 2020 announces support of KSL’s Read Today program

Utah Business leaders are committed to strengthening education in our state with goals to have 90 percent of Utah students achieve proficiency in math and reading by the end of elementary school and for two-thirds of Utah adults to earn a trade certificate or college degree by the year 2020. As we work toward these goals, we have partnered with KSL’s Read Today program. Prosperity 2020 has committed to sponsor five schools, a commitment of just under $30,000. . . . → Read More

Cedar Ridge Elementary picked for Scholastic Challenge Award

Utah’s First Lady Jeanette Herbert surprised a class of third graders yesterday at Cedar Ridge Elementary School in the Alpine School District as their “Mystery Reader” for the day. The First Lady was at the school to make a major announcement. Cedar Ridge Elementary School was chosen as this year’s Scholastic Challenge Award recipient for Utah. . . . → Read More

New literacy fundraiser nets $154,000 for children’s books

A day-long children’s literacy telethon and radiothon marked the end of a month long campaign to raise $1 million to buy books for Utah’s elementary school children. The “Once Upon a Time” Utah Story Literacy Event brought hundreds of Utah school children to the Union Pacific building at the Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City yesterday to celebrate literacy. . . . → Read More

New bill seeks funding from successful optional extended-day kindergarten program

H.B. 447 Kindergarten Literacy Improvement Program by Taylorsville Republican Representative Johnny Anderson is a relative late-comer this session but seems to have momentum. The bill allows school districts use money for optional extended-day kindergarten to instead pay for a computer-based literacy program for kindergarten students. Read why optional extended-day kindergarten is a priority for the State Board of Education, the Governor and his Education Excellence Commission. . . . → Read More

Nine Utah public schools win visit from Jazz players for reading

Nine Utah public schools earned a surprise visit today from Utah Jazz players for reading. These elementary school students were winners in the Jazz’s annual Be a Team Player – Read contest. Photos and videos from two of the schools will be posted later this week. . . . → Read More

Watch report on class size and AYP, third grade reading scores

Does class size matter? What about the impacts of funding, demographic changes and enrollment on test results? Utah State Office of Education Associate Superintendent Judy Park and her team of data analysts crunched the numbers for the Utah State Board of Education. Watch the video here or on our YouTube Channel. . . . → Read More

Education: A comparison of Florida and Utah

At today’s board meeting, District 5 Board Member Kim Burningham presented an analysis of the Florida educational reforms and how that state stacks up against Utah. . . . → Read More

Test results used to question K-3 reading program explained

A list of Utah student test results circulating at the Capitol is being used as evidence for some lawmakers questioning the effectiveness of an early education reading program. The sheet shows language arts proficiency, as measured by the CRT, dipped from 80 percent proficient to 78 in the 2009-10 school year. But what these lawmakers might not realize is that this dip is the result of the implementation of a new CRT test. . . . → Read More