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Welcome to the Utah State Office of Education Parent Resources page.

The state office wants to ensure that parents have an accurate understanding of the new Utah’s Core Standards in English language arts and math and communicate why the core standards are important for our students.

In brief:

  • The standards were developed through a state-led consortium. Content experts, teachers and researchers designed these standards, aligning them with scientific research and international standards from high performing countries.
  • Across the nation, 45 states have adopted these standards; making student mobility less of an issue due to smoother transitions with the standards.
  • The standards describe what Utah’s students should know and be able to do at each grade level from k-12.
  • Standards are not curriculum. Curriculum is content, instructional methods, materials, and resources that are used to teach the standards.
  • Curriculum and how subjects are taught have always been and will continue to be determined by classroom teachers working in partnership with their schools, schools districts, and locally elected school boards.
  • The Utah State Board of Education is in full control of the standards. The State Board may add to, subtract from, or rewrite as deemed necessary to meet the needs of Utah students.
  • The Utah State Office of Education is making every effort to ensure a smooth transition to the new Utah Core Standards. We recognize that any kind of change, even positive change, can be stressful for our students and they will need your support as they take on more demanding curriculum and rigorous assessment.
  • Test data from the past several years has shown that Utah students lag behind their world-wide peers.
  • Republicans and democrats alike support the core. Businesses, politicians, educational organizations, experts and private foundations, all those supporting the core standards, want Utah and the country to have students who can compete for jobs in the global market.

Curriculum Areas

Language Arts

Elementary
Secondary

Utah Learns! Find a Book

Parents and students looking for something good to read over the summer break have a new resource available to them, thanks to a teaming of the Utah State Office of Education and MetraMetrics: the “Find a Book” website with recommendations for reading-level appropriate books.

Parents and guardians, or students with a parent’s or guardian’s permission, can go to the website, lexile.com/fab/UT/ and enter the student’s Lexile measure or the student’s grade level and comfort with reading books at that grade level, and get a printable list of recommended reading.

Math

Elementary
Secondary

Recommended Links

Utah Core Fact vs. Fiction
High-Ability Students and the Utah Mathematics Core
Mathematics Information for Parents
National Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
Utah Association for Gifted Children
Utah Parent Center