Education

Utah’s State Highlights

January 03, 2006 2 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print
Vital Statistics
Public schools 886
Public school teachers 22,147
Pre-K-12 students 495,981
Annual pre-K-12 expenditures $2.4 billion
Minority students 16.5%
Children in poverty 13%
Students with disabilities 11.6%
English-language learners 10%

Summary of Grades

Utah earns an above-average grade in only one of the four graded policy categories in Quality Counts.

The state’s score for standards and accountability falls just below average. Utah earns high marks for its academic standards but shows room for improvement in both assessments and school accountability. While the state has assessments aligned with its standards in three of the four core subjects, its tests rely heavily on multiple-choice items. In addition, the state does not sanction or provide assistance to all of its low-performing schools nor does it reward its high-performing or improving schools.

Utah’s teacher quality score is also below average, in part, because it is one of only three states that do not require aspiring teachers to pass any type of written test to earn an initial license. The state also falls behind on efforts to hold schools and teacher-training programs accountable for teacher quality. For example, the state includes limited information about teacher quality on school report cards.

The state also earns a below-average grade in school climate. Utah does well on indicators of school choice, class size, and facilities, but loses points for school size and student engagement.

Utah’s best showing comes in resource equity, where it ranks near the top of the nation. Its wealth-neutrality score shows that Utah’s poorer districts tend to have higher per-pupil funding levels than its wealthier districts, a pattern found in only 10 states.

State Policy Report Card
Utah Avg. State Score
Standards and accountability C+ B-
Efforts to improve teacher quality C- C+
School climate C C+
Resource equity B+ C
Overall Grade C+ C+
Quality Counts Grading Breakdown
Standards and accountability Points awardedPoints possible
Standards 37.92 40
Assessment 18.07 30
School accountability 21 30
77 100
Efforts to improve teacher quality Points awardedPoints possible
Teacher education and qualifications 25.9 35
Teacher assessment 21 30
Professional support and training 14.55 20
Accountability for teacher quality 10.5 15
72 100
School climate Points awardedPoints possible
Engagement 8.83 15
School safety 14.17 20
Parent involvement 12.6 15
Choice and autonomy 17.5 20
Class size 9.48 10
School size 5 10
School facilities 7.5 10
75 100
Resource equity Points awardedPoints possible
Wealth-neutrality score 33.33 33.3
McLoone Index 30.67 33.3
Coefficient of variation 22.67 33.3
87 100

Note: Details may not sum to totals due to rounding.

Grading Curve A (93-100), A- (90-92), B+ (87-89), B (83-86), B- (80-82), C+ (77-79), C (73-76), C- (70-72), D+ (67-69), D (63-66), D- (60-62), F (0-59)

Events

Classroom Technology Webinar Building Better Blended Learning in K-12 Schools
The pandemic and the increasing use of technology in K-12 education it prompted has added renewed energy to the blended learning movement as most students are now learning in school buildings (and will likely continue

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: November 17, 2021
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Nearly a Million Kids Vaccinated in Week 1, White House Says
Experts say there are signs that it will be difficult to sustain the initial momentum.
4 min read
Leo Hahn, 11, gets the first shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. Last week, U.S. health officials gave the final signoff to Pfizer's kid-size COVID-19 shot, a milestone that opened a major expansion of the nation's vaccination campaign to children as young as 5. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Education How Schools Are Getting Kids the COVID Shot, and Why Some Aren’t
Some district leaders say offering vaccine clinics, with the involvement of trusted school staff, is key to helping overcome hesitancy.
5 min read
A girl walks outside of a mobile vaccine unit after getting the first dose of her COVID-19 vaccine, outside P.S. 277, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
Education Biden Administration Urges Schools to Provide COVID-19 Shots, Information for Kids
The Biden administration is encouraging local school districts to host vaccine clinics for kids and information on benefits of the shots.
2 min read
President Joe Biden, and first lady Jill Biden walk to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. Biden is spending the weekend at his home in Rehoboth Beach, Del. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)