On the other hand, several charter schools are blazing new trails in both these areas. Utah Virtual Academy, Open High School of Utah, Merit Academy, and Utah County Academy of Science, among other charter schools, excel in offering options for high school students to earn college credits, including duel enrollment options.
A new report from the Center for American Progress gives Utah a “D” grade when it comes to innovation in education. The report not only looks at how well a state’s educational system is performing now, but looks at whether they invest in new technology and other forward-looking questions.
The report says Utah has “below average academic standards” and does a poor job preparing students for college and career readiness.
53% of its schools report offering dual-enrollment programs, which allow students to earn high school and college credits simultaneously. That is 12 percentage points below the national average of 65%. Utah does not have high school exams that gauge college and career readiness.Utah also gets low marks for use of technology in the classroom.
Charter schools like Vista School, C.S. Lewis Academy, Lakeview Academy, and the newly approved Aspire Online Charter School are breaking new ground for the use of technology in the classroom, using the latest education innovations to enhance instruction and improve student learning outcomes.