ERIC Number: ED467078
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Utah Schools: An In-Depth Look. An Analysis of Spending and Achievement in Utah Schools. A Sutherland Institute Policy Study.
James, Louis; Salisbury, David F.
A study examined costs, achievement, and enrollment trends of public, private, and home schools in Utah. Using a business approach to determine cost-per-pupil revealed an average cost of $4,801, rather than the $3,787 calculated using the usual formula. In educational achievement Utah students appear to perform slightly better than those in other states. In its favor, Utah has a high number of intact families and moderate-to-high income levels. Students should be performing much better. Also, the decline in fifth-grade reading skills on the Stanford Achievement test and the poor skills of Utah fourth-graders are a concern. Utah's public schools educate more than 90 percent of the state's schoolchildren. Private-school enrollment is increasing about 3 percent per year. Home schooling in Utah appears to be growing at about 25 percent per year. Utah's private schools and home schools are effective, efficient, and accessible. They provide an excellent education and at reasonable cost. Parents who choose to educate their children at home are able to provide a very successful experience in most cases. Addenda examine effects of the legislative reforms of Utah's new Centennial Schools and critique such popular proposals as reducing class size and reading achievement programs. (RKJ)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Expenditure per Student, Home Schooling, Student Evaluation, Tables (Data)
The Sutherland Institute, 111 East 5600 South, Suite 202, Murray, UT 84107. Tel: 801-281-2081; Fax: 801-281-2414; Web site: http://www.sutherlandinstitute.org.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Sutherland Inst., Salt Lake City, UT.
Identifiers - Location: Utah