A recently published study ranks the Utah public school system as 21st overall in the United States (http://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-the-best-schools/5335/).
Highlights include the fact that Utah is best (tied with Iowa and Minnesota) with the lowest percentage of children who repeated one or more grades — despite having the next to last position in the Pupil to Teacher ratio (ahead of only California).
We regularly read about the relatively low amount spent per student by Utah’s public school system. This study (and others) demonstrate that the more important consideration is how money is spent on education and not just how much. It seems that by the measures used in this study Utah is doing better than average with our tax dollars. There is likely room for improvement. But given all of the complaints we hear about funding, it’s worth noting the positive results of this study.
H. Scott Rosenbush
Salt Lake City
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