PROSPERITY 2020 GOALS
• Ninety percent of third graders and ninety percent of sixth graders are proficient in reading and math.
• Two-thirds of Utahns have skilled trade certificates or academic degrees.
• Our metropolitan area ranks in the top twenty for concentration of science and engineering occupations.
Collective action and collaboration are increasingly seen as the way to make genuine progress. Prosperity 2020 has been at the heart of developing this collaborative spirit of trust and goodwill and commitment to working together, which continues to open new doors of possibility.
In working with educators, legislators, the governor, and other stakeholders to understand the challenges and explore solutions, we’ve identified areas of need and strategically developed clear categories in which progress is needed.
• Early start to success
• All students college & career ready
• Science, technolgoy, engineering and math training
• Evaluation and performance pay
• Higher education tied to economic development
* In addition to the activities listed above, P2020 leadership is active on boards, participates in a variety of working group discussions about education issues, speaks throughout the state, and meets with a variety of community organizations to strengthen commitment to education.
January: Business leaders launch Prosperity 2020 and form Founders Council
Collaborative relationships are built
Billboards, television and radio ads
Business Executive Leadership Council established
During the 2012 General Legislative Session with the first increase in state revenues since 2008, state legislators took the opportunity to invest in the economy and future. Key Prosperity 2020 goals were advanced:
Assessment – The legislature provided the first step in improvement by passing bills to give teachers better tools to assess student performance, allowing them to tailor their teaching to areas where students most need the attention.
Growth – Legislators funded growth in both public and higher education.
Evaluation – With a uniquely collaborative approach, a new framework was created for teacher and principal evaluations.
Mission based funding in higher education – Recognizing the unique roles of all post-secondary institutions, and funding them to accommodate enrollment growth, technical training, research, and other key priorities.
We’re organizing our 2013 policy priorities around the five core themes listed above. Watch for more information on the news or check back on our web site January 2013. We will also advance:
- A statewide STEM initiative to take Utah to a new level in math, science, and technology
- Initiatives that acknowledge the tremendous workload and contribution of our teachers, and that help them achieve classroom success.
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