The Salt Lake Tribune
By Ronnie Lynn The Salt Lake Tribune
The state school board will ask federal officials for permission to follow Utah's accountability standards - not standards established under the federal No Child Left Behind law.
This, the board believes, would accomplish three objectives:
* Restore state policy as the gold standard for school performance.
* Keep Utah in compliance with federal law.
* Retain for the state the $107 mil...
If the goal is to help public education, the federal school accountability program needs retooling.
We believe in setting accountability standards for public schools and sticking to them. Virginia's Standards of Learning, for example, have been useful tools for identifying academic achievement gaps among schools, with an eye toward closing the gaps - not closing the schools.
Then there is the federal No Child Left Behind Act. This landmark leg...
By SZYMON TWAROG, The Herald Press
MIDDLETOWN -- Despite having four schools in her district identified as not making enough progress in meeting the standards of the No Child Left Behind Act, Superintendent of Middletown Schools Carol Parmelee-Blancato is not overly concerned about the quality of education in her district.
"It really doesnít reflect the quality of our schools," said Parmelee-Blancato. "In the elementary schools we are only talking ...
Itís worth noticing when a schoolís Academic Performance Index scores shoot up more than 200 points over three years. Thatís what Lincoln Elementary School in the Pomona Unified School District has accomplished under Principal Jorge Amancio, who took over in the fall of 2001.
As with most complex events, there are any number of factors that had to come together to forge such an improvement. Amancio is sophisticated enough not to want to attribute the turnaro...
Salt Lake City Deseret News
By Jennifer Toomer-Cook Deseret Morning News
The state school board wants to meet federal No Child Left Behind rules in its own way and have the law changed so it's more realistic.
The State Board of Education on Friday voted to ask the U.S. Department of Education to let it use the Utah Performance Assessment System for Students (U-PASS) to judge whether or not schools are up to snuff. It joins 13 other states seeking the same right, State Superinte...