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How do ACT scores stack up in Utah?

April 17, 2019

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The ACT is an entrance exam required by most colleges and universities in order to be considered for admission. The exam is designed to measure what a student has learned throughout high school and is comprised of four sections: English, math, science, and reading, with an optional writing exam.

UDRC’s Design Philosophy and Style Guide

April 10, 2019

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At the Utah Data Research Center, our design philosophy aims to create an interactive and meaningful experience for our users. To do this, we objectively design data-informed narratives that provide value to those seeking to understand Utah and its citizens. By utilizing innovative technologies, our narratives guide users in an intuitive and seamless way.

New UDRC report template released

By: Cory Stahle
April 3, 2019

Report Template Review.

The Utah Data Research Center (UDRC) released a template for forthcoming research reports this week. Version 1.0, released via GitHub, is available for use by any organization interested in authoring academic journal style reports. In order to generate reports with this template, some knowledge of coding in R and R Markdown is necessary. Basics of R Markdown will be discussed in this blog post.

Who enrolls in remedial math or English courses in Utah?

March 27, 2019

Graph of remedial enrollment by institution in Utah.

As postsecondary education becomes increasingly important, so does the affordability, preparedness and access to institutions of higher education. Enrollment in remedial courses helps assess Utah students’ preparedness in obtaining higher education after high school graduation.

Utah’s K-12 academic proficiency by gender and race/ethnicity

March 20, 2019

Graph of proficiency by gender and race/ethnicity.

One of the metrics used to explore students’ preparedness for postsecondary education and the workforce preparation is through their core academic proficiency in math, reading, writing, and science. In the “Utah’s Education Pipeline” dashboard, it explores the academic proficiency of Utah’s 4th and 8th graders by their gender and race/ethnicity.

Recap: 2019 SLDS Best Practices Conference

March 11, 2019

Jeremias presenting to a full room.

The Utah Data Research Center (UDRC) presented at the 2019 SLDS Best Practices Conference in Washington D.C. where they shared their best practices in technology and communication with states from across the country. View UDRC's presentations, design style guide, and tip sheets from the conference.

Utah students' proficency in core academic subjects

February 25, 2019

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K-12 prepares students for the workforce or postsecondary education, and encourages them to explore their interests and talents—broadening both their social and academic skills. One of the metrics to explore students’ preparedness is through their proficiency in core academic subjects: math, reading, writing, and science. Learn how Utah students stack up in these subjects compared to peer and benchmark states. 

Creating scroll-activated visualizations with
D3 and ScrollMagic

By: Skylar Scott
February 20, 2019

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Visualization as a tool in economic research is invaluable in bringing insight, discovery, and understanding to consumers of data (Scneiderman, 2016). Complex concepts and relationships between variables are often times difficult to understand without a background in economic research. One goal of visualization is to bring clarity to complicated concepts to a general audience. D3 is a JavaScript library that makes use of HTML’s SVG element, which creates paths, circles, squares, boxes, and other graphic images.

New data narrative “Utah’s Education Pipeline” analyzes preschool to postsecondary readiness and access

February 12, 2019

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The Utah Data Research Center (UDRC) released a new data narrative “Utah’s Education Pipeline” for an in-depth look at education readiness and access from preschool (P) through postsecondary education (20), also known as the P20 metrics. In addition, it explores education and training for workforce preparation and meeting industry needs. We spoke with Allison Stapleton-Shrivastava, one of the UDRC researchers on the project, to learn more about the importance of this research for informing public policy in Utah.

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