Increased High School Rigor – Quality Workforce is a top UTC priority via the K-12 Pipeline
UTC was the sole organization to strongly advocate this crucial change in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education, which enhances the rigor of Utah high school students by one additional required year of math, science and language arts. After six years of deliberation and with significant persuasion from UTC, the State Board of Education passed this unanimously (2006).
School Grading System – The Transparency Act (SB 59)
UTC was the strongest advocacy group that championed this bill, which gives every school a letter grade for students’ quality of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and preparedness. The goal is to better prepare the underserved students so that they can successfully compete in the global economy for the high-demand jobs in our “hot” technology companies (2011).
Statewide Online Education Bill (SB 65)
A bill that was almost vetoed, but then brought back to life by UTC, makes available highly-qualified online a la carte courses for the state’s high schools. Following Harvard’s Clayton Christensen’s disruptive model, this innovation ensures high-quality offerings from a spectrum of approved providers to meet the varying needs of children (2011).
December 2011 National Governor's Association's STEM recommendations
Explore Utah Science
University of Utah - The Center for Science and Mathematics Education e-Newsletter - Intersections
UEN (Utah Education Network) STEM Website
Utah System of Higher Education