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

Work begins on grading schools

The legislative session ended two weeks ago, yet work has already begun at the Utah State Office of Education to implement a new school grading system the Utah Legislature just approved. On Wednesday, USOE’s grading schools committee met with the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Wayne Niederhauser (R-Sandy), to start laying the groundwork for the new system. . . . → Read More

Utah schools will be graded, and other ed. news from the Utah Capitol

Here’s a quick overview of what happened yesterday afternoon and evening during the Legislature’s floor time and what’s happened so far this morning. The biggest news is the passage of the school grading bill. . . . → Read More

Session’s end looms, dozens of education bills still in play

This is the last week of the legislative session, which ends Thursday at the stroke of midnight. And this means lawmakers are working at a frenzied pace to finish before time runs out. . . . → Read More

State Board says proposed math initiative, teacher tenure bill unnecessary

The Utah State Board of Education heard from two lawmakers and took action on several education bills we’re watching at yesterday’s legislative meeting. The State Board also approved a letter to the Executive Appropriations Co-chairs and the governor’s budget director detailing the board’s position on the public education budget. . . . → Read More