education http://kuer.org en Governor Launches Review of Academic Standards http://kuer.org/post/governor-launches-review-academic-standards <p></p><p>Governor Gary Herbert is calling for a comprehensive legal review of the state’s adoption of the Common Core Standards. He’s hoping a legal analysis performed by Utah’s Attorney General will quash any misconceptions and ease ongoing concerns that the state has lost control of academic standards and curriculum.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:17:07 +0000 Whittney Evans 49437 at http://kuer.org Governor Launches Review of Academic Standards School Board Hires Search Firm to Find New State Superintendent http://kuer.org/post/school-board-hires-search-firm-find-new-state-superintendent <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The committee tasked with finding a new state school superintendent has hired a private search firm to seek out potential candidates. Salt Lake City-based </span><a href="http://searchgrouppartners.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">SEARCH Group Partners</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will work alongside the committee to help recruit applicants and sift through resumes.</span></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 05:32:59 +0000 Whittney Evans 49336 at http://kuer.org School Board Hires Search Firm to Find New State Superintendent Horizonte Grads Work to Put College Scholarships to Use http://kuer.org/post/horizonte-grads-work-put-college-scholarships-use <p></p><p>Every year, Horizonte Instruction and Training Center, an alternative high school in Salt Lake City awards college scholarships to dozens of graduates. And every year, many of those scholarships go unused. A new partnership between Horizonte and Salt Lake Community College helps grads stay the course and enroll in college, despite the obstacles.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 21:20:12 +0000 Whittney Evans 47108 at http://kuer.org Horizonte Grads Work to Put College Scholarships to Use New School Report Card Might Replace School Grades http://kuer.org/post/new-school-report-card-might-replace-school-grades <p></p><p>Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s education advisor is working to replace Utah’s two school accountability systems with one easy-to-read, yearly report card. The newest school grading system received mostly negative responses when letter grades were first released last fall.</p><p>Utah’s school accountability systems use factors like end of year tests, student growth and graduation rates to show how schools are performing. School grading assigns letter grades A through F and the Utah Comprehensive Accountability System or UCAS grades schools based on a 600-point-scale.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:44:31 +0000 Whittney Evans 45313 at http://kuer.org New School Report Card Might Replace School Grades New Guadalupe School Nears Completion http://kuer.org/post/new-guadalupe-school-nears-completion <p></p><p></p><p>The walls are up at the new&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://guadalupeschoolslc.org/">Guadalupe School</a>&nbsp;in Rose Park. And school administrators say the fundraising campaign is on target for an August opening.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:35:56 +0000 Whittney Evans 44858 at http://kuer.org New Guadalupe School Nears Completion Top Education Official in SLC Discussing Early Education and Technology http://kuer.org/post/top-education-official-slc-discussing-early-education-and-technology <p></p><p></p><p>An official with the U.S. Department of Education is in Salt Lake City today&nbsp;talking about the impact technology has on young children. Dr. Libby Doggett is President Obama’s deputy assistant secretary of early education. She's at the Hilton Hotel<strong>&nbsp;</strong>speaking and taking questions.</p><p>Doggett’s presentation, called “High Tech Tots: Opportunities and Challenges” explores how ever-increasing screen time can both aid and impair early learning. But she’s focused on helping technology improve education for young people.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:07:49 +0000 Whittney Evans 44243 at http://kuer.org Top Education Official in SLC Discussing Early Education and Technology Chief of Public Schools Announces Retirement http://kuer.org/post/chief-public-schools-announces-retirement <p></p><p>The Utah State Office of Education announced today State School Superintendent Martell Menlove will retire after only a year and three months on the job.</p><p>Menlove was appointed as State Superintendent of Public Instruction in January 2013 after serving as deputy to Superintendent Larry Shumway, before Shumway, himself retired in 2012.&nbsp;</p><p>Menlove said in a statement his immediate plans are to spend time with family.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:17:00 +0000 Whittney Evans 44075 at http://kuer.org Chief of Public Schools Announces Retirement Salt Lake County Inmates Get Science Lessons From U of U http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-county-inmates-get-science-lessons-u-u <p></p><p></p><p>The University of Utah is bringing science education to inmates at the Salt Lake County Jail. Starting today, scientists and educators will volunteer to give lectures and arrange hands-on projects inmates can do to get them motivated for life outside.</p><p>One by one, cell doors at the county jail open to release about half the inmates lodged in a housing unit of about 64. They take a seat and turn their attention to Nalini Nadkarni, a professor of biology at the University of Utah and director of the U’s Center for Science and Math Education.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:34:12 +0000 Whittney Evans 43862 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake County Inmates Get Science Lessons From U of U Kids Learn STEM by Building Underwater Robots http://kuer.org/post/kids-learn-stem-building-underwater-robots <p></p><p></p><p>About 450 elementary and middle school students were in Lehi today competing to see who could build the best underwater robot. &nbsp;The event is part of an annual competition that gives students a hands-on introduction to science, technology engineering and math or STEM education.</p><p>Ashton Adamson and Brenna Pope are sixth graders at Snow Springs Elementary School in Lehi. They’re sitting poolside, where Adamson says they’re preparing to submerge their robot named Nemo into a tiny obstacle course.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 22:09:35 +0000 Whittney Evans 43631 at http://kuer.org Kids Learn STEM by Building Underwater Robots No Funding for Technology Initiative in Budget Compromise http://kuer.org/post/no-funding-technology-initiative-budget-compromise <p></p><p>Utah House and Senate leaders have finally come to an agreement on the state budget following a week’s-long impasse. The sticking point was primarily House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart’s proposed $200 million technological upgrade for public education. But that bill is now off the table.</p><p>House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart says the technology initiative would have required up to $50 million in ongoing revenue to make it worthwhile. But Senate leaders were unwilling to spend more than $26 million.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 23:08:09 +0000 Whittney Evans 43180 at http://kuer.org No Funding for Technology Initiative in Budget Compromise Senate Approves High Quality Preschool Pilot Program http://kuer.org/post/senate-approves-high-quality-preschool-pilot-program <p>In an effort to help fight intergenerational poverty the Utah Senate passed a bill to provide grants to schools to create or expand preschool programs that serve at-risk children.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:57:48 +0000 Brian Grimmett 43026 at http://kuer.org Senate Approves High Quality Preschool Pilot Program Study Gives Utah "D" In Civil Rights Education http://kuer.org/post/study-gives-utah-d-civil-rights-education <p></p><p></p><p>The Southern Poverty Law Center says Utah is about average among other states in how well it covers the civil rights movement in the classroom. But the organization’s&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/news/civil-rights-movement-education-remains-woefully-inadequate-in-a-majority-of-state" style="line-height: 1.5;">latest report</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;from the Teaching Tolerance Project shows the average grade is pretty poor.</span></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:11:11 +0000 Whittney Evans 42985 at http://kuer.org Study Gives Utah "D" In Civil Rights Education Classroom Overhaul Envisions More Technology http://kuer.org/post/classroom-overhaul-envisions-more-technology <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">House Speaker Becky Lockhart only needed to look at her own children to see kids and electronic devices go together naturally. The insight has inspired her new initiative to transform Utah’s public schools.</span></p><p>Lockhart says parents and teachers need to catch up to children when it comes to technology. That’s what prompted her Public Education Modernization Act. It would put electronic devices into the hands of all 620,000 students in Utah’s schools. Lockhart’s asking for up to $300 million to make her vision a reality.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 03:48:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 42139 at http://kuer.org Classroom Overhaul Envisions More Technology Preschool Program Wins House Approval http://kuer.org/post/preschool-program-wins-house-approval <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Utah House threw its support behind new results-based programs to boost early-childhood education. It’s a concept backed by leaders of both parties.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 01:00:16 +0000 Judy Fahys 42031 at http://kuer.org Preschool Program Wins House Approval Bill Gives Teachers More Time for Professional Development http://kuer.org/post/bill-gives-teachers-more-time-professional-development <p></p><p></p><p>Proposed legislation could give Utah teachers more days to train and prepare at no additional cost to taxpayers –but it would mean fewer days in the classroom with students. Members of the Senate Education Committee voted unanimously on Tuesday to advance the bill. &nbsp;</p><p>Senate Bill 103, sponsored by Republican Senator Aaron Osmond would give local school districts the flexibility to swap regular instruction days for teacher professional development days.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:00:33 +0000 Whittney Evans 41686 at http://kuer.org Bill Gives Teachers More Time for Professional Development Low-Income Fourth Graders Lagging Behind Peers in Reading Scores http://kuer.org/post/low-income-fourth-graders-lagging-behind-peers-reading-scores <p></p><p></p><p>Utah Fourth Graders are all improving their reading scores, but child advocacy group Voices for Utah Children notes that over the past decade, fourth graders who come from low-income families have not improved as quickly as their peers.&nbsp;</p><p>According to a report released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, from 2003 to 2013 the gap between reading scores from low income children and upper income children increased by 22 percent – meaning kids from higher income households are improving at a faster rate.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 01:01:32 +0000 Whittney Evans 41395 at http://kuer.org Low-Income Fourth Graders Lagging Behind Peers in Reading Scores GOP Lawmaker Tries to Change State School Board Election Process http://kuer.org/post/gop-lawmaker-tries-change-state-school-board-election-process <p></p><p>A Republican State lawmaker from Bountiful wants to change the way state school board members in Utah are elected to office, and he hopes to leave politics out of the equation.&nbsp;</p><p>Right now, a seven-member committee appointed by the Governor is responsible for vetting state school board candidates. That group sends it’s nominations to the governor who then selects two candidates for each position. House Bill 59, sponsored by State Representative Jim Nielson would get rid of that committee and the governor’s role in process.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 23:06:18 +0000 Whittney Evans 40917 at http://kuer.org GOP Lawmaker Tries to Change State School Board Election Process U.S. Education Secretary Spotlights Salt Lake City Middle School http://kuer.org/post/us-education-secretary-spotlights-salt-lake-city-middle-school <p></p><p></p><p>The country’s top education boss was in Utah today to praise and learn from one of Salt Lake City’s highest-achieving Title 1 schools.&nbsp; U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan stopped by Northwest Middle School to talk about gains the school has made with the help of a federal school improvement grant.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 00:18:02 +0000 Whittney Evans 39159 at http://kuer.org U.S. Education Secretary Spotlights Salt Lake City Middle School Spanish Fork PE Teacher Charged With Misdemeanor http://kuer.org/post/spanish-fork-pe-teacher-charged-misdemeanor <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The Spanish Fork City attorney’s office filed a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct against a Spanish Fork Junior High School teacher accused of kicking one of his students. Meanwhile Utah State School Board members are considering beefing up teacher discipline standards.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 23:49:31 +0000 Whittney Evans 39056 at http://kuer.org Guadalupe School Expansion Underway http://kuer.org/post/guadalupe-school-expansion-underway <p></p><p></p><p>Guadalupe School is $1.5 million away from fully funding its new 50,000 square feet learning center on Salt Lake City’s west side.&nbsp; The school provides education and support for underserved infants, children, and adults, largely through donations.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:14:24 +0000 Whittney Evans 38400 at http://kuer.org Guadalupe School Expansion Underway Colleges Push Students to Take 15 Credit Hours http://kuer.org/post/colleges-push-students-take-15-credit-hours <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&amp;v=1rnBOgE-Eus</p><p></p><p></p><p>Utah’s higher education officials launched a campaign today to encourage students to enroll in at least 15 credit hours a semester. The message of the campaign: “time is the enemy” when it comes to college completion.&nbsp;</p><p>The “15 to Finish” campaign includes a 30 second video and digital posters displayed on monitors across Utah’s college and university campuses. It also includes ads in student newspapers, social media promotions, and stickers that say "I registered for 15 credits".</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:55:58 +0000 Whittney Evans 37124 at http://kuer.org Colleges Push Students to Take 15 Credit Hours UPD Investigates Jordan Valley School Principal http://kuer.org/post/upd-investigates-jordan-valley-school-principal <p></p><p>Unified Police are investigating complaints involving the principal of a school for special needs students in Midvale. Multiple police reports have been filed against Jordan Valley School Principal Mark Donnelly. But an internal investigation by the Canyons School District has already cleared Donnelly of wrongdoing. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 22:05:38 +0000 Whittney Evans 37074 at http://kuer.org UPD Investigates Jordan Valley School Principal Herbert Addresses Public Schools at Education Summit http://kuer.org/post/herbert-addresses-public-schools-education-summit <p></p><p>Utah Governor Gary Herbert joined statewide education officials Wednesday for a discussion about the state of public education.</p><p>Governor Gary Herbert says in the last two years, the state has made strides in funding public education. However he says because of a growing student population Utah continues to claim the title for lowest per-pupil spending and has the largest class sizes in the nation. In addition the high school dropout rate is 19 percent.</p><p>Despite few resources, Herbert says there is work to be done.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 03:12:10 +0000 Whittney Evans 36568 at http://kuer.org Herbert Addresses Public Schools at Education Summit State School Board Looks at Revising Teacher Discipline Standards http://kuer.org/post/state-school-board-looks-revising-teacher-discipline-standards <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Utah State Board of Education is trying to decide how best to discipline teachers who’ve been involved in misconduct. Specifically, they are asking: under what circumstances should they be expected to permanently revoke a teacher’s educator license?&nbsp;</span></p> Sun, 06 Oct 2013 21:21:27 +0000 Whittney Evans 36406 at http://kuer.org State School Board Looks at Revising Teacher Discipline Standards State Releases Controversial School Grades http://kuer.org/post/state-releases-controversial-school-grades <p></p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 22:48:20 +0000 Whittney Evans 34876 at http://kuer.org State Releases Controversial School Grades Making the Grade: Maps of the Highest and Lowest Scoring Schools in the State http://kuer.org/post/making-grade-maps-highest-and-lowest-scoring-schools-state <p>The Utah State Office of Education released the <a href="https://psdreports.schools.utah.gov/Gateway" target="_blank">letter grade evaluations</a> of Utah Schools today. The grades are based on a combination of student growth and student performance on state testing in language arts, math, and science. The State Office of Education also graded high schools with the additional metric of graduation rates. If a school failed to test at least 95% of their students they automatically received an F grade. That's what happened for schools like Viewmont High School in the Davis School District. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 16:34:54 +0000 Brian Grimmett 34851 at http://kuer.org Making the Grade: Maps of the Highest and Lowest Scoring Schools in the State School Grading: Misleading or Transparent? http://kuer.org/post/school-grading-misleading-or-transparent <p></p><p>On Tuesday, schools in Utah will be getting evaluation grades A through F to indicate how well their students are performing. Many in the education community say it will be giving parents the wrong impression about some schools. But Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser says it will make assessing schools more accurate and transparent.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 23:38:42 +0000 Whittney Evans 34739 at http://kuer.org School Grading: Misleading or Transparent? Proposal to Eliminate Personal Tax Exemptions Could Net Utah Schools $400 Million http://kuer.org/post/proposal-eliminate-personal-tax-exemptions-could-net-utah-schools-400-million <p>Democratic State Senator Pat Jones is working on legislation that would eliminate the Utah personal tax exemption given to those who claim someone in their home as a dependent.</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 22:52:44 +0000 Brian Grimmett 34501 at http://kuer.org Proposal to Eliminate Personal Tax Exemptions Could Net Utah Schools $400 Million Utah Schools Graded Twice This Year With New System http://kuer.org/post/utah-schools-graded-twice-year-new-system <p></p><p>Next month, schools in Utah will get two sets of report cards outlining their performance for the last year. One report is based on Utah’s Comprehensive Accountability System or UCAS, which is a grading method the State Office of Education is already using. The other system, state lawmakers approved during the 2013 legislative session.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 22:37:07 +0000 Whittney Evans 34397 at http://kuer.org Utah Schools Graded Twice This Year With New System Utah Ranks High for Low Student Debt http://kuer.org/post/utah-ranks-high-low-student-debt <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While the cost of obtaini</span>ng a college degree in the United States continues to rise, Utah colleges and universities manage to keep college debt in check. NerdScholar, a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/nerdscholar/2013/student-debt-best-worst-states/" style="line-height: 1.5;">website</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;that helps college students make better decisions about higher education is calling Utah the </span>2nd<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> best state in the nation for low student debt.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 23:13:54 +0000 Whittney Evans 34154 at http://kuer.org Utah Ranks High for Low Student Debt