In June of 2009, before the Race to the Top initiative began, the State Board adopted four promises, which define Utah’s current strategic efforts:
- To ensure that every Utah student gains the literacy and numeracy skills he/she needs for success.
To ensure that all Utah children receive high quality instruction in every classroom every day.
To make certain that all students are engaged in curriculum that embodies high standards and relevance to the world students will encounter after high school.
To ensure that high quality, effective assessments inform both instruction and accountability.
The State Board agreed that participation in the development of new Common Core Standards in reading/language arts and mathematics would serve as a critical part of its efforts to keep those promises.
The Common Core Standards were developed in a state-led effort led by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The process used to write the standards ensured they were informed by the best state standards, the experience of teachers, content experts, states and leading thinkers, and feedback from the general public.
The Common Core Standards are aligned to scientifically based research, College and Career Readiness standards, and international content standards. The Common Core Standards have been endorsed by an unprecedentedly wide variety of businesses, private foundations, educational organizations, research groups, and experts in reading