Lt. Gov. Greg Bell; Martell Menlove, superintendent of public schools overseeing kindergarten to twelfth-grade; Rob Brems, president of the Utah Center for Assistive Technology; and David Buhler, commissioner of the Utah System of Higher Education, all spoke at the summit.
Educators and administrators from across the state attended to hear Herbert's goals for education in Utah, including Ecker Hill Middle School Principal Traci Evans. She said that it was motivating to know that Herbert, Bell, Menlove, Brems and Buhler were committed to education, and she left the summit with a clearer understanding of what their expectations are.
"It was interesting to hear that no matter where you are in the state with education, there are some of the same concerns and same issues," Evans said. "I went with an open mind to gather information and better understand what [Herbert's] goals were for the state."
One of Herbert's goals is "On PACE: 66% by 2020." According to the governor's official website, that means that "he plans to ensure Utah is on pace to have 66 percent of the adult population earn a post-secondary degree or certification by the year 2020."
Two goals - 90 percent proficiency in third-, sixth- and eighth-grade reading and a 90 percent high school graduation rate - have already been realized by the Park City School District (PCSD), and another - 90 percent proficiency in third-, sixth- and eighth-grade math - is a goal that the School District is "extremely close to reaching," according to Evans.
She said that going to the summit and hearing Herbert's goals made her realize how far ahead the School District is in terms of the rest of the state.
"It says a lot about our teachers and our faculty, because they are the number one factor in student success," Evans said. "It reinforced that we do have great education in this community."
Evans said what impressed her most was that as a district, the School District is "on the forefront" and doing things that are becoming goals for the rest of the state. All the School District can do, she said, is to take those goals and exceed them as a district.
"We have to just keep doing what we are doing and continue with high-quality teacher development," Evans said. "We need to keep being a data-driven school district, because it is important to have those measures to make sure what we are doing is the most effective it can be."
To download audio of the summit, visit www.uen.org/govedsummit.