I thought we were making significant progress in holding Utah public education accountable. But now, I’m not so sure. Last month a report by the Office of Legislative Research & General Counsel (OLRGC) revealed that the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) is failing to report the results in 29 areas of accountability. Additionally, a report on Utah’s success in literacy improvement appears to contain highly inflated results.
Failing to report or overstating performance is not new for USOE. Last year it was discovered that USOE had claimed a 90% graduation rate for Utah high school students when a federal report showed the Beehive State completion rate at just 76%. In response, USOE spokespersons said the apparent discrepancy was merely a result of differences in assumptions used in the calculations.