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Data shows Utah students showing signs of academic recovery

Oct 11, 2022, 7:00 PM

The Utah State Board of Education says students around the state are showing signs of academic reco...

The Utah State Board of Education building in Salt Lake City is pictured on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Some members of the Utah State Board of Education are not happy about how many education-related bills were passed during the 2023 legislative session. (Kristin Murphy/Deseret News)

(Kristin Murphy/Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Board of Education says students around the state are showing signs of academic recovery in English, mathematics and science.

However, evidence shows more time is needed to return to academic levels prior to the pandemic. That’s according to a school report card data information released Tuesday by the USBE.

“The pandemic took an awful toll on all of our lives and on many of our institutions,” said Sydnee Dickson, state superintendent of public instruction in a news release. “It negatively impacted our students, teachers, and families.  This report gives us a clear-eyed picture of what happened – while the academic impact was not as bad as many feared – it shows us that students and teachers are on the road to academic recovery while not yet reaching the guidepost of excellence.”

Report cards for the state, districts and individual schools are available on the USBE website. Grades that are reported are based on assessments and other information, such as high school graduation rates. On the USBE website, individuals have the ability to dig deeper into the report by subject matter.

Those people who are interested in statewide data are encouraged to check out the USBE’s data gateway

Parents who have additional questions can visit a page of frequently asked questions

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