Education News Roundup: May 11, 2015

In today’s ENR: State Board look to writing rules for a teacher evaluation system. And the Board released the draft second math standards update for public review. Former Board Member Kim Burningham sits down with the D-News for an interview. Layton students headed to National History Fair. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for May 11. . . . → Read More

Strong Teachers Produce Remarkable and Not Always Discussed Advantages for Students

Utah State Board of Education Member Kim Burningham

Harvard and Columbia University economists have produced a study that tracked 2.5 million students over 20 years. Some of their findings are what most would have predicted about the importance of strong teachers; others are more surprising. . . . → Read More

Utah State Board of Education meeting summary

In this meeting, the Utah State Board of Education moved Public Education Online forward by giving preliminary approval to a rule governing the program that reimburses online education providers for up to two classes per year per student; provided guidance to school districts and charter schools in evaluating educators for classroom performance; and announced that the U.S. Department of Education has given approval to revisions in Utah’s No Child Left Behind plan. . . . → 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

Education leaders in Utah to discuss measuring teacher effectiveness

Education leaders from several western states and education policy and teaching experts from across the country will meet in Salt Lake City today for a two-day conference on measuring educator effectiveness. . . . → Read More

$3 million K-3 reading assessment program fails but returns to House, plus other ed. news from Utah’s Capitol

Photo by Evelyn Giggles

One of the most interesting series of events that took place yesterday at the Utah Capitol was the 41-29 vote against South Jordan Republican Representative Merlynn Newbold’s H.B. 302 Reading Program Amendments and its prompt return to the House floor where it was substituted and passed 46-28. This . . . → Read More

State Board holds monthly meeting and takes positions on seven bills

The Utah State Board of Education approves new charter schools, fee waivers, a career and college readiness plan, amendments to how graduation rates are calculated and takes positions on seven bills in its monthly meeting today. . . . → Read More

Provisional teacher bill heads to governor, other ed bills pass and some fail

A bill reinforcing that provisional teachers are at-will employees and districts don’t need to provide cause for their termination is on its way to the governor after the Utah Legislature passed it this morning. Also read about the other bills that have passed and those that haven’t since our last legislative update. . . . → Read More

Two weeks remain in legislative session but number of bills still growing

Stack of Bills

Two more weeks remain in the session and yet another batch of education bills have been unveiled. The five new bills bring our list of legislation to watch to 87. They include proposals changing how public education funding is distributed, requiring specific American history documents to be taught each year in Utah’s K-12 public classrooms and outlining how school districts should evaluate teachers. . . . → Read More