Jun. 17, 9:00 AM
The Education Interim Committee of the State Legislature holds a public meeting.
Feb. 23 - Mar. 22
Comcast Newsmakers interviews Robyn Bagley about www.Utah-EducationFacts.com
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The 2009 Legislative Session concluded on Thursday, March 12th at midnight
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the landmark report, A Nation at Risk.
In the 2007-08 school year, Utah spent $8,224 per public school student.
Charter schools are independent public schools run by parents or non-profits.
The average class size in Utah is 22.2
High school students can graduate with an associate's degree and a scholarship worth 75% of college tuition.
This section highlights innovations in K-12 education that are happening across the U.S. Use the links below or scroll down to learn more.
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Performance/Merit Pay and Differential Pay are innovations in how teachers are compensated. Currently, most teachers are paid based on a traditional single-salary schedule in which experience and education level are the only factors that influence salary. About 70% of school districts in the U.S. pay teachers in this way.
Merit Pay compensates teachers based on their performance or value add to the classroom rather than just their experience and education level. Performance is measured by teacher evaluations and gains in student outcomes. In this way, the best teachers are rewarded for their efforts and abilities.
Differential Pay increases the compensation for teachers in hard-to-staff areas (such as math, science, and special education or high-need schools). The purpose is to provide an incentive for prospective teachers to specialize in subjects or apply for positions where there is a greater need.
The use of online/virtual schools is growing rapidly in K-12 and higher education. These programs provide online instruction for students both within and outside of the classroom. Some online schools offer courses as a supplement to the classroom setting while others offer full-time programs in place of enrolling in a traditional school.
a.k.a. Backpack Funding, Fair-Student Funding, Results-Based Funding, Student-Based Funding
Weighted Student Funding or WSF proposes a system of school funding based on five key principles: