Resolution in Support of Utah Core Standards
WHEREAS, the Utah Core Standards define what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade level and advance equity of outcomes for Utah students by setting a bar for student performance, defining the floor but not the ceiling of student learning; and
WHEREAS, the Utah Core Standards are informed by standards in top performing countries, early childhood through secondary education leaders, higher education faculty, national content experts, leaders from business and the military, and public feedback; and
WHEREAS, the Council of Chief State School Officers (a non-partisan organization of state commissioners of education) and the National Governor’s Association (a bi-partisan organization of state governors) came together to start the Common Core State Standards Initiative to develop voluntary standards in mathematics and English language arts that states could use to ensure all students graduated from high school college- and career-ready; and
WHEREAS, the Utah State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English language arts on August 6, 2010 and the Common Core State Standards were woven into the Utah Core Standards while also including components unique to Utah, such as the integrated pathway; and
WHEREAS, the Utah State Board of Education re-approved the Utah Secondary Mathematics Standards on January 7, 2016 and the Utah Elementary Mathematics Standards on April 14, 2016 following the revision processes that included extensive parent and community input, public review, and regional public input meetings, as instructed by Board policy; and
WHEREAS, the SAGE Summative testing provides meaningful data to inform improvements in instruction, targeted intervention and measures of student growth; and
WHEREAS, SAGE is a locally controlled testing system with a strong question bank that has been filled with questions authored and selected by Utah educators in order to assess the level of understanding of every tested student in comparison to the uniquely Utah Core Standards.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Utah Council of Teachers of Mathematics strongly supports the newly revised Utah Core Mathematics Standards and the appropriate use of SAGE testing in Utah Schools.
Utah Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Joleigh Honey, President
Karen Feld, President-Elect
Allen Jacobson, Vice-President
Cynthia Price, Exec. Secretary
Lisa Jasumback, Treasurer