Education News Roundup: March 7, 2017




House advances the High School Activities Association bill. Logan High set to begin its Innovations program next year. Minnesota teachers want help with understanding assessment data and how it can inform instruction. Colorado moves from ACT for all to SAT for all. Texas prepares to add $1.6 billion to its education fund. While Wyoming looks to cut $34 million from its education fund. Chance the Rapper, in the meantime, donates $1 million to Chicago public schools. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: March 7, 2016

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In today’s ENR: D-News looks at what’s coming up for education in the final week of the legislative session. And here’s what happened, funding-wise, late last week. Sen. Millner’s public preschool bill clears House committee. Weber District considers a tax increase. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for March 7. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Jan 19, 2016




In today’s ENR: Sen. Dabakis looks to amend the state constitution to again send all income tax funding to public schools. It was amended in 1996 to allow some funds to go to higher ed. Two school teachers become their first to candidates to file for the eight State School Board seats up for election this year. Emery Supt. Sitterud announces his plans to retire. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for Jan. 19. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Dec. 23, 2015




In today’s ENR: New Census report shows Utah now has as many people as Chicago — that is, 3 million. But the state’s fertility rate is slowing. AP previews Sen. Van Tassell’s American Indian education bill. The U.S. Department of Education is asking 12 states — Utah is not among them — to address their low student participation in state testing. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for Dec. 23. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Sept. 3, 2015




In today’s ENR: Trib digs deeper into SAGE data to look at charter school performance. UVU is having some success in reaching out to Latino students in Utah. Davis Districts hosts an education forum for residents. Spectrum takes a closer look at property taxes and education funding. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for Sept. 3. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Aug. 25, 2015




In today’s ENR: There’s some follow up on Sen. Jackson’s plan for a partisan school board. Weber State looks to increase Hispanic enrollment. Study estimates 10-15 percent of students are chronically absent. The group is looking to push recognition of truancy as a major impediment to student achievement. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for Aug. 25. . . . → Read More

2012 AP test Scores Increase

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SALT LAKE CITY – Nearly 2,000 more Utah high school students – a 10.5 percent increase – took Advanced Placement (AP) tests in 2012 and increased their success rate by more than 11 percent over 2011 figures, the according to data released by the College Board today. . . . → 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

Why the “Nation’s Report Card” assessment, NAEP, is unreliable

Utah State Board of Education Member Dave Thomas blogs for UtahPublicEducation.org "Closing the Achievement Gap"




“Many of my colleagues have asked me why I am so opposed to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and their fifty state rankings that appear on a bi-annual basis. Or why I cringe when someone calls NAEP the ‘gold standard?’” Read the latest blog post from Utah State Board of Education Member Dave Thomas (District 4). . . . → Read More