Utah is a top performer in Measuring Up 2004 in the category of preparing students for higher education. Utah ranks second only to Wyoming with regard to the percentage of the adult (25 and over) population who are high school graduates (or equivalent), with 90% of adults fitting this category.16 In Measuring Up 2004, Utah is a top performer in several key preparation indicators, including the percentage of students taking upper-level math courses and eighth grade algebra.17
Over the past decade, Utah has improved its already high performance in the preparation area. Measuring Up does raise some concerns, however, about the gap in preparation for both ethnic minority and low-income students. Students from minority ethnic groups are two-thirds as likely to earn a high school credential as their white counterparts. The percentage of young adults from low income families who earn a high school credential has declined from 88% to 81%.18
See U.S. Bureau of the Census, Ranking Tables 2002, http://www.census.gov/acs/www/products/ranking/2002/R02T040.htm (January 24, 2004).
See National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, Measuring Up 2004: Utah, p. 5.
Measuring Up 2004: Utah, p. 5.