Together, we can improve education in Utah.

Watch these videos and explore this site to learn what we can do to improve education.

Help every child succeed
Help me succeed in school and I’ll succeed in life.
Every child deserves the chance to receive a quality education.

We all face challenges, but when we remove barriers and give every child a chance to succeed, we help make our communities stronger too.

If we help students gain knowledge and skills in school, we’ll give them the confidence to pursue their goals in life and help them create a better life for their own families—and contribute to better communities for all of us.

Utah Success Stories
Encouraging every child to succeed

Robert & Katharine Garff's Success in Education Foundation incentivizes students to create learning habits that make a lasting impact on educational development from elementary school to college. Their work changes the lives of thousands of Utah students by providing scholarships, incentives, and tools.

Challenges like poverty or being an English-language learner can make it especially hard for some students to succeed in school.

Nearly one-third of Utah children are experiencing economic hardship and are at risk of living in poverty as adults. These students are less likely to graduate high school—let alone go to college.

Additionally, only one in five minorities in Utah has a college degree and a full 30% do not have high school diplomas.

Many students are willing to work hard and want to succeed, but face significant barriers that stand between them and success.

When we help all students do better in school, we all benefit now and for generations to come.

When students, for one reason or another, don’t have the support they need at home to do well in school, there are many ways to help them succeed: high quality preschool, extended day kindergarten, great educators and counselors, assistance in navigating college and financial aid applications, need-based scholarships, support from the community, and even special programs.

For example, Latinos in Action, a high school course in Utah, has doubled the odds Latinos will enroll in college after graduation.

Targeted
Outreach

Mentoring and training can empower families to overcome their challenges. Resources and guidance can help parents and students navigate the school system as well as career, college, and financial aid options.

Early
Start

The earlier in life we help children, the more effective that help will be. Early learning programs like preschool and extended-day kindergarten can help children who aren’t ready for school get on a path to success.

Increased
Scholarships

Need-based scholarships and similar programs can ensure every student has a chance at a high-quality education and will help create a well-educated and well-prepared labor force.



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My Education Story
Why does education matter to you?

We all have a story about education. Remember that teacher that made an impact? Or the moment you realized why school mattered to you? Or when you felt like you could see wheels turning in your baby’s head? Click below to hear more stories and to share your own!

Our Research

Helping every child succeed has been proven to deliver the outcomes Utahns want from education: a higher quality of life, the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their goals, and prosperous communities. Take a look at the research and resources below to learn how helping every child succeed will create a brighter future for all of us.

 

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Economically disadvantaged students, students with disabilities, English language learners, and certain racial/ethnic groups of students score significantly below the state average.
Each year, all Utah students are tested in math and English/Language Arts in grades 3-12 and science in grades 4-12.
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While the overall graduation rate is increasing among Utah students, students identified as eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch, English language learners, and certain ethnic or racially diverse students have not attained similar levels of success in graduation rates.
Utah Education Plan
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Ethnic minority students comprise the majority of students in the Salt Lake City School District. This change in demographics is a generational shift, with the youth being much more diverse than the older population.
Salt Lake City School District (2013) Race and ethnicity report.
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Combatting deeply entrenched poverty is key to promoting equity in education, and ultimately benefitting the education system as a whole as poverty rates decline, educational performance across districts and in classrooms improve, and teacher burden diminishes.
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The gap between the wages of a family of two college graduates and a family of high school graduates has grown by $30,000 since 1979.
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Utah’s students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch participate in college at much lower rates than those students who do not.
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Utah is one of the lowest in the country in state need-based aid per student, placing the cost of even a two-year degree beyond the reach of more and more young people in poverty.

Newman, J. (2014, January 29). State funding for need-based aid averages less than $500 per student. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from Newman, J. (2014, January 29). State funding for need-based aid averages less than $500 per student. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/data/2014/01/29/state-funding-for-need-based-aid-averages-less-than-500-per-student/

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Support great
teachers

If we support our teachers, we will ensure we always have enough great teachers to help our children be successful. Great teachers help our kids gain the knowledge and skills they need to pursue their goals and be prepared for life. They give our kids confidence and set our kids on a path to becoming happy, productive adults who make our communities stronger.

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Look beyond
high school

The jobs of the future will require knowledge and skills that we can’t expect to gain in high school. But when we continue our education into college or another kind of post-high-school training, we’ll be prepared to find the jobs that will create a better quality of life for us and for future generations. In addition, people with more education are more likely to volunteer, live longer, participate in civic activities, contribute to the economy, and have greater family stability.