Utah State Board of Education Meeting Summary for January 12, 2012

Briefly:

In this meeting, the Utah State Board of Education:

  • Preliminarily approved a school grading system that will begin operating in the current school year. Most of the tests upon which the system rests will be given in the spring of this year. Students, parents, and anyone else interested will be able to see the school grades this fall. Everyone is currently able to access all the data that will go into a school’s grade at the Public School Data Gateway. Final approval of the rule will likely come during the Board’s February 3 meeting.
  • Approved for public comment a set of early childhood education standards. Public meetings will be held later this year to take comment on the measures which are meant to offer a more comprehensive approach to school readiness for Utah children. Public comments will be taken into consideration before any final version of the plan is approved.
  • Approved Technology Standards 2012 for Utah public schools. The standards address access to technology, professional learning for educators, and technical support.

Board Preliminarily Approves School Grading System Rule

The Utah State Board of Education gave preliminary approval to R277-497 School Grading System. The Utah Legislature required a grading system for schools and directed the State Board to devise the system. This rule creates the system in Board Rule. Final approval will likely come during the Board’s February 3 meeting.

For more information contact:

Judy Park, Associate Superintendent for Student Services and Federal Programs, 801-538-7550.

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Early Childhood Education Standards Approved for Public Comment

The Utah State Board of Education approved a set of Early Childhood Education Standards to go out for public comment. The draft was composed by various entities invested in early childhood education to have a more comprehensive approach to school readiness. Public hearings will be scheduled later.

For more information contact:

Susan Okroy, Early Childhood Specialist, 801-538-7760.

Tiffany Hall, English Language Arts Coordinator, 801-538-7893.

Brenda Hales, Associate Superintendent for Instructional Services, 801-538-7515.

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Board Approves Technology Standards 2012

The Utah State Board of Education approved Technology Standards 2012 for Utah public schools. The standards address access to technology, professional learning, and technical support.

For more information contact:

Rick Gaisford, Education Technology Specialist, 801-538-7798.

Kathy Webb, Education Technology Coordinator, 801-538-7736.

Glenna Gallo, Special Education/IDEA Director, 801-538-7757.

John Jesse, Assessment and Accountability Director, 801-538-7810.

Judy Park, Associate Superintendent for Student Services and Federal Programs, 801-538-7550.

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Board Preliminarily Approves Two Rules; Preliminarily Repeals One Other

The Utah State Board of Education gave preliminary approval to the following proposed amended rules. Final approval will likely come during the Board’s February 3 meeting.

For more information contact:

Murrell Martin, Transportation Specialist, 801-538-7666.

Carol Lear, School Law and Legislation Director, 801-538-7835.

Travis Rawlings, Educator Licensing Coordinator , 801-538-7601.

Sydnee Dickson, Teaching and Learning Director, 801-538-7739.

Judy Park, Associate Superintendent for Student Services and Federal Programs, 801-538-7550.

Todd Hauber, Associate Superintendent for Business and Operations, 801-538-7514.

Martell Menlove, Deputy Superintendent, 801-538-7762.

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Board Begins Looking at Potential Legislation

The Utah Legislature will open its 2012 general session on Jan. 23. There are already a number of bills numbered that involve public education. The Board took no positions on bills. The Board will next meet on Jan. 26 at noon to begin considering taking positions on bills.

For more information contact:

Martell Menlove, Deputy Superintendent, 801-538-7762.

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Loans Approved for Three Charter Schools

The Utah State Board of Education approved the following loans from the Charter School Revolving Account:

  • Aristotle Academy, a charter school in American Fork scheduled to open this fall, $150,000 for start-up costs
  • HighMark Charter School, a charter school in South Weber scheduled to open this fall, $300,000 for start-up costs.
  • Valley Academy, a charter school in Hurricane scheduled to open this fall, $263,000 for start-up costs.

You can learn more about the proposals here.

For more information contact:

Marlies Burns, State Charter School Director, 801-538-7817.

Todd Hauber, Associate Superintendent for Business and Operations, 801-538-7514.

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Clyde Sworn-in as Regents Representatives

Wilford W. Clyde of Springville was sworn-in as one of two Utah Board of Regents (the governing body of higher education in utah) representatives on the Utah State Board of Education. Clyde is the President and CEO of Clyde Companies, Inc., parent company of W.W. Clyde & Co., Geneva Rock, Sunroc Corporation, Sunroc Building Materials, and Beehive Insurance. The Board of Regents has two non-voting members of the Utah State Board of Education and the State Board has two non-voting members on the Board of Regents.

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Board Approves Consent Calendar

The Board approved its consent calendar.

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