Education News Roundup: Feb. 14, 2017

Utah State Legislature




Public Education Appropriations will ask for a 3 percent hike in school spending. Speaker Hughes says it’s unlikely that the Legislature will act on the nonpartisan state school board bill. Rep. Poulson’s bill to end school grading advances. KSL looks at teacher pay in Utah. ESSA regulations are now in the hands of Congress. What does that mean? President Trump defends his choice of Education Secretary. When should a sick child stay home from school? All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

School Grading — Harm or Help?

Utah State Board of Education Member Kim Burningham




Recent Utah headlines focus on the turmoil of school grading—of interest to every parent, student, and educator. Although I strongly favor the careful use of measurement to help determine strengths, weaknesses, and improvement, I AM NOT A FAN OF GRADING SCHOOLS. In fact, I fear this system may do more harm than good. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Sept. 5, 2013

Amelia Earhart Elementary Read-a-Thon 4




In today’s ENR: The school grading story sure has legs. Is there a compromise in the works on the Book Cliffs issue? Alpine installs cameras on buses. With college costs rising, more students are trying to earn college credit in high school. Will California suspend standardized tests this year? Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for Sept. 5. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Sept. 4, 2013

Sara Hacken




In Today’s ENR: There’s plenty of follow up on school grades. Utah Teacher of the Year Sara Hacken talks with The Universe (that’s the BYU newspaper, not everything that exists). Secretary Duncan calls out Common Core critics. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for Sept. 4. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: June 24, 2013

Summer Core Academy




In today’s ENR: Local school boards are setting next year’s budgets. Sutherland Institute calls for a partisan state school board elections in Utah. KSL looks at the Core Academy. D-News editorials mostly in favor of Common Core. Senate President Niederhauser discusses school grading. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for June 24. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: June 20, 2013

School bus parked in front of Utah State Capitol




In today’s ENR: Legislature again takes up school grading. Process for finding a new superintendent in Canyons will take nine months. Fordham Institute’s Mike Petrilli takes to the Rod Arquette show to debunk Common Core myths. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for June 20. . . . → Read More

Comparing Florida and Utah Education Needs Caution

Utah State Board of Education Member Kim Burningham




During the last month, Florida Governor Jeb Bush appeared in Utah again. Reports indicate his message’s bottom line was the same he gave a year ago when he was brought to Salt Lake City: education challenges can be answered with the “Florida miracle.” I believe, however, some cautions about the Florida example need to be reiterated before anyone jumps to conclusions. . . . → Read More

Work continues on grading Utah schools

Dixie Allen, Vice Chair Utah State Board of Education




A committee created by Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction Larry K. Shumway, with the State Board of Education’s support, has been meeting regularly since last fall, in anticipation of a proposal to grade Utah schools. As expected, the Utah Legislature passed SB 59 “School Grading System,” sponsored by Sen. Wayne Niederhauser (R-Sandy), earlier this year. . . . → Read More

Why do we need common assessments?

Dixie Allen, Vice Chair Utah State Board of Education




Accountability has driven the need for common standards for all students and common assessments to validate student performance, especially for state education systems. Unfortunately, these testing results are now being used to do more than just verify that students are successful. Because of this, we must use the same measuring stick. . . . → Read More