Celebrating Teacher Excellence: Utah’s Impressive Math Score Gains

Data shared during the Utah State Board of Education meeting on September 7, 2023, spotlighted remarkable achievements in early learning, elementary and secondary math scores across the state. These achievements are not just statistics; they represent educators’ profound impact on their students’ lives and futures.


A 5% Surge in Early-Grade Math Progress

One of the presentation’s highlights was the impressive 5% increase in first through third graders who demonstrated typical or better progress in Acadience math scores from the 2021-2022 school year to the 2022-2023 school year. This significant improvement underscores the exceptional efforts of teachers in nurturing foundational solid math skills from a young age.


Sustained Growth in Math Proficiency

Over the past two years, Utah has witnessed continuous growth in math proficiency among students in grades three through five. This accomplishment is a testament to educators’ hard work and innovative teaching methods, ensuring that our students are well-prepared to excel in mathematics.


Empowering Ninth Graders with Disabilities

One of the most inspiring statistics presented was the 42% increase from 2012 to 2020 in the number of ninth-grade students with disabilities earning grade-level math credit. This achievement underscores the inclusive and supportive learning environments that educators have cultivated, enabling all students to reach their full potential.


Utah Shines Bright in Eighth-Grade Math

Utah’s educators and students can take immense pride in being the sole state to defy the national trend. In 2022, while other states experienced statistically significant declines in eighth-grade math scores, Utah stood tall, maintaining its performance. This accomplishment speaks volumes about the resilience and commitment of our teachers to uphold the quality of education.


In the face of challenges and uncertainties, Utah’s teachers have continued to inspire and uplift their students, ensuring that each child has the opportunity to succeed. UEA extends heartfelt congratulations to all the educators who worked tirelessly to make these accomplishments possible.