Utah Core Standards
Utah Core Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics
Utah has adopted the State Core Standards which provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.
What are the advantages of the Utah Core Standards (UCS)?
Preparation: UCS articulate college and career readiness, and will help students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in post-secondary education and training.
Clarity: The standards are focused, coherent and clear so that students, parents and teachers understand what is expected of them.
Competition: The standards are internationally benchmarked and informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society.
Equity: The standards provide a strong foundation for students in the early grades that can be extended as students advance in grades so that tracking can be reduced and all students can reach high expectations.
Collaboration: The standards create a basis to work collaboratively across states and districts, pooling resources and expertise, to develop curricular tools including textbooks, professional development, common assessments and other materials.
How were the standards developed?
The State Core Standards Initiative is a state-led effort to establish a shared set of clear educational standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. The standards made careful use of a large andgrowing body of evidence. This evidence included scholarly research; surveys on what skills are required of students entering college and workforce training programs; assessment data identifying college and career ready performance; and comparisons to standards from high-performing states and nations.