The state of Utah received a “C-” for overall quality of K-12 education this year in Education Week newspaper’s annual nationwide assessment. Down three places from last year, Utah placed 41st in the nation, just above Arizona, Oregon and Idaho.Sylvia Reed, associate department head of teacher education and leadership, said Education Week’s assessment was, “a moderately fair way to judge and rank states,” but that it ignored a few important factors.”The main reason Utah comes out 41st on the rankings is because of the school finance measures,” Reed said. “If you take a look at (the Education Week website), you’ll see that we are indeed the lowest in the nation when it comes to per-pupil expenditures.”Utah’s lowest grade was, in fact, in the funding category, where it was ranked 47th in the nation and earned a letter grade of “D.” It’s highest grade was in “Chance for Success,” which measures how well students are prepared for higher education and how much money they are projected to earn as adults. In this category, Utah earned a “B-” and ranked 20th.
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