Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Utah guv wants academic standards re-examined
Education » A new website will invite the public to raise concerns about the content of specific requirements.


< Previous Page


State education leaders have long asserted that misinformation is responsible for much of the opposition to the standards in Utah. For example, they say there’s confusion over the difference between standards and curriculum. Standards outline the concepts that should be taught, while curriculum describes how those concepts are taught — and curriculum remains up to local schools and teachers.

Also, reassurances that Utah is in control of its standards have come over the years from the U.S. secretary of education, and the head of the Council of Chief State School Officers, which helped lead the writing of the standards. Former State Superintendent Larry Shumway also formally asserted Utah’s control over schools to the federal government.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

But Herbert said Thursday that those efforts fell short of solving the debate.

"Whatever has been done in the past has not resolved the dispute," Herbert said. "There’s too much animus out there with the groups on all sides of the issue and it’s just time for us to kind of push the pause button and say, ‘Let’s reevaluate, let’s ascertain that we have Utah standards.’"

He acknowledged, however, that it’s still unlikely everyone will be satisfied.

"There’s always somebody who’s not going to be happy with what the outcome’s going to be," Herbert said. "We won’t please the extremes on either end of this discussion but the other 85 percent of us, the reasonable people of the world, will probably feel good about the outcome."

He said the attorney general’s office will look at the standards’ adoption through the lens of a bill passed in 2012, SB287, which allows Utah to exit any agreement that "cedes control of Utah’s core curriculum standards to any other entity."

Herbert also on Thursday addressed issues with the state’s new school SAGE testing and student data. Some educators have expressed concern with the testing, saying they had to start it well before the end of the year because of limited school computers.

Herbert said he and others will work to fix that issue, and he’s asking legislative leadership to work with his office and the state school board to address concerns over whether the testing puts the privacy of student data at risk.




Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.