A report in the Salt Lake Tribune on August 20, 2014 reported that the Utah School system will receive $39.2 million in trust money this year. In 2004 they received $8.3 million so over the last 10 years there has been a $30.9 million dollar increase in trust monies for the states school system. Is this increase in state trust money helping the school system educated Utah students better?
According to the 17th edition of Education Weeks 2013 Utah is ranked 38th out of 50 states with a score below average.
Grading Summary U.S. Average 76.9 C 38. Utah 74.6
Back in 2010 Utah was ranked 38th as well. Utah even dropped to as low as 42nd in the nation between 2010 and 2014. The following quote refers to Utah’s ranking in 2010 and 2012 according to Education Week’s.
Utah is barely passing when it comes to education, earning an overall grade of C-, according to Education Week’s annual Quality Counts report.
The Beehive State ranks 42nd in the nation, down from 41st a year ago and 38th in 2010. The report grades states on a number of measures, from student scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress to support offered to teachers.
Utah scored dead last for its per-pupil spending but, by one measure, ranked No. 1 for spreading education money evenly throughout the state. Overall, Utah earned a D+ for school finance.
These ranking reports would indicate that throwing more money, and programs like common core, and leave no child behind at the problem isn’t working. But it also appears that these programs are failing on a national scale as well. The United States has dropped in ranking world-wide from 17th in the world in 2012 to 18th in 2013.
The U.S. was ranked 17th in an assessment of the education systems of 50 countries, behind several Scandinavian and Asian nations, which claimed the top spots.
On a national scale the United States is dropping behind in math, reading, and science.
American 15-year-olds continue to turn in flat results in a test that measures students’ proficiency in reading, math and science worldwide, failing to crack the global top 20.
The Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, collects test results from 65 countries for its rankings, which come out every three years. The latest results, from 2012, show that U.S. students ranked below average in math among the world’s most-developed countries. They were close to average in science and reading.
“In mathematics, 29 nations and other jurisdictions outperformed the United States by a statistically significant margin, up from 23 three years ago,” reports Education Week. “In science, 22 education systems scored above the U.S. average, up from 18 in 2009.”
In reading, 19 other locales scored higher than U.S. students — a jump from nine in 2009, when the last assessment was performed.
If more money and new programs aren’t helping the United States and especially Utah schools then what is the answer? Maybe the answer lies in a report by John Stossel called “Stupid in America”.