Is Trust Money & Common Core the Answer for Utah Schools?

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?

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…

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…