School report cards: Utah students show signs of academic recovery

First Report Since Pandemic to Show Both Proficiency and Growth Released Today

Utah student academic performance in English language arts, mathematics, and science is showing signs of recovery, but also shows evidence that additional time and effort will be necessary to return to pre-pandemic achievement levels, according to school report card data released today by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE).

“The pandemic took an awful toll on all of our lives and on many of our institutions,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sydnee Dickson. “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.”

State, district, and individual school report cards for the 2021-22 school year are now available on the USBE website. Grades are reported based on assessment and other data (e.g., high school graduation rates) as outlined in state statute, which was updated in 2018. Tools are available at the report card website to let individuals drill deeper into aspects or the report in subject matter (e.g., language arts, mathematics, science), student proficiency and student growth as well as individual school and state demographics associated with the data.

Those interested primarily in statewide data are also encouraged to visit USBE’s Data Gateway where they may focus on individual assessments, data for grade levels, graduation rates, and other data.

Parents with additional questions will find an FAQ on school report cards on the report card website. A report outlining assessment results from 2019, 2021, and 2022 is attached to this release. Statewide assessments were suspended in March of 2020 due to the pandemic.