Produced in collaboration with Intermountain Healthcare, the Utah Foundation Quality of Life Index is updated every two years to track how Utahns perceive changes in quality of life and the reasons for those changes. The second biennial Utah Quality of Life Index stands at 78.2 out of a possible 100 points, up one point from 2011. Although Utah’s quality of life rating improved, several of the issues most important to Utahns – public schools, job availability, and air and water quality – are viewed as having below average quality. … Read more »
In 2010, Utah Foundation published research on the educational performance of Utah and its demographic and economic peer states. That study showed Utah lagging in student achievement over time while peer states were continuing to rank highly on national test scores. This new study is a response to frequent requests for more information about education policies and practices in Utah’s peer states.
The peer states—Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota—were selected based on their similarity to Utah with respect to parental education, student poverty levels, and student race and ethnicity demographics. Massachusetts and New Jersey serve as benchmark states due to the continual high performance of the students in those states. … Read more »