Poll: There’s No Way to Make Everyone Happy When it Comes to Education in Utah

Utahns want public schools to prepare students for college, but they're not sure how best to get there.

A new UtahPolicy.com poll conducted by Dan Jones and Associates finds a whopping 92% of Utahns think students should graduate from high school ready to go to college. Similar overwhelming percentages think students should learn problem-solving and critical thinking skills in school. Another 81% feel student achievement standards should be similar no matter what school they attend.

Even though more than 9 in 10 Utahns think students should leave high school ready for college, 71% think students should also be career-ready when they graduate.

 

Utahns also seem a little schizophrenic when it comes to how student achievement should be measured. 78% want Utah student achievement measured against other schools in Utah, while 76% think student achievement should be compared to other students across the country. A slim majority thinks Utah students should be compared to other students across the globe.

 

 

84% of Republicans think student achievement should be measured against other schools in Utah while 75% of Democrats feel that way. However 87% of Democrats want Utah student achievement measured against other students across the United States, while 75% of Republicans think that would be a good idea. Independent voters really give no clear direction on this question either, as 71% want student achievement measured against other Utah students, while 65% want achievement measured against students across the country.