A Utah State School Superintendent Survival Guide

Congratulations! You made it to the interview portion of the Utah State Superintendent selection process!  Utah’s families care deeply about their kids and their schools.  They highly value education. But that’s about where the good news ends. The Utah State School Board and the Utah State Office are a mess.  There are a few great things happening, but as a whole there is dysfunction, distrust, and general disorder.    If you take this job, at times you’ll feel like Bear Grylls, dropped into a vast wasteland with only a pocket knife…

[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…