You might think, because Utah spends less per student in our public schools than any other state, that the results our students achieve in the classroom would also be low compared to states that spend more. But that’s not true. A new research report from Utah Foundation looks at measures of education outcomes, from standardized tests to graduation rates. It shows Utah students are doing as well or better than their counterparts in both the Mountain West and even other states with similar student populations.
In this edition of Utah Thrives, we hear from Shawn Teigen, Utah Foundation’s Vice President and Research Director and the author of the report Making the Grade? K-12 Outcomes and Spending in Utah. We also hear from Peter Reichard, Utah Foundation’s President.