Public Education’s Focus is the Student [The Hub Debate]

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  This is  a Hub Debate on the role of boards of education. For more background, read this.  Participate in the comments or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. The question is: “Who do you think the board should serve?  Parents? Students? Why?“ Public education’s target for change is the student. The evidence of excellent or poor teaching is based on assessments (test scores) of our students.  Every aspect of education reform is judged by its effect on student achievement. If schools were to serve parents, perhaps parents would, or should, be the…

USOE Negotiated $5.4M SAGE Contract with Florida without Board Knowledge or Legal Counsel Review

In recent weeks, the Utah Board of Education faced a strange situation when Judy Park, an assistant superintendent,  negotiated a contract estimated to be worth $5.4 million with Florida to share SAGE questions.  The State Office of Education did not give  full disclosure to the Board until after the fact, admitted that it lacked expertise in negotiating the contract, and did not conduct the negotiation with the advise of counsel. If it seems like news coming out of  the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) and the Utah Board of Education (UBOE)  is a bit…

[UPDATED] BUZZ: Official State Office Of Education Blog Endorses Candidates

[UPDATED 5-13-2014 3:20 PM: Superintendent Martell Menlove responded on the USOE Official Blog: Yesterday a post was published on the UtahPublicEducation.org blog that contained personal opinions that are inappropriate for posting on this site. I appreciate those who brought this to our attention and apologize for this mistake. We have reviewed our procedures for posting documents we receive and believe our procedures will assure that a similar mistake is not made in the future. If anyone finds any items on any Utah State Office of Education website that they find objectionable,…

Should I Opt My Child Out of the New End of Year Testing? or Is SAGE of the Devil?

The past few weeks I have received a lot of inquiries about Utah’s new end of year testing. Prior to this year, students were given the CRTs, this year Utah has moved to a computer adaptive testing model called SAGE. SAGE testing is set up so that if a student is answering questions correctly, the questions become more difficult, and vise versa. The tests are based on the new Utah Core standards, and as everyone knows, there is a lot of confusion, emotion, and opinions about those new standards. The new…