Utah State Board of Education Meeting Summary

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Briefly

In its October 7, 2016 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education:

  • Made student growth, a 2.5 percent increase in weighted-pupil unit funding, and moving the state to the use of ACT and ACT Aspire tests for secondary assessment as its top three legislative priorities.
  • Endorsed school funding measure Amendment B on Utah’s November ballot.
  • Extended SAGE testing in grades 3 – 8 though spring 2018 while the Board considers overall changes in Utah’s statewide assessment and move forward with a new assessment request for proposal.

View the full summary at: http://www.schools.utah.gov/board/Meetings/Summary.aspx

Board Prioritizes Growth, WPU Increase, and ACT Testing for Funding

The Utah State Board of Education will ask the Utah Legislature to fully fund student growth and fund a 2.5 percent increase in the weighted-pupil unit (WPU) as its top two priorities for the 2017 general session coming up in January. The WPU is the basic funding mechanism of public education in Utah schools and accounts for roughly half of public schools budgets.

The Board will also seek continued funding for offering the ACT college entrance exam to all Utah public school high school juniors and new funding for ACT Aspire tests to all high school freshman and sophomores.

The Board will be seeking $170,720,500 in ongoing funding priorities and $51,800,000 in one-time funding priorities. The Board will review their priorities again prior to the session.

 

For additional information contact:

Scott Jones, Deputy State Superintendent of Operations, at (801) 538-7514.

Angela Stallings, Deputy State Superintendent of Policy and Communication, at (801) 538-7550.

 

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Board Endorses Amendment B on Utah’s November Ballot

The Utah State Board of Education voted to endorse Amendment B on Utah’s November ballot.

Amendment B allows fund earnings, as defined by statute, to be distributed, instead of solely by the current interest and dividends. If approved, it would limit the annual distribution to 4 percent of the market value of the fund, to provide for “intergenerational equity” – balancing the needs of any given school year’s beneficiaries with those of all subsequent years.
For additional information contact:

Timothy Donaldson, School Children’s Trust Director, at (801) 538-7709.

Angela Stallings, Deputy State Superintendent of Policy and Communication, at (801) 538-7550.

 

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Board Extends SAGE Testing for Grades 3 – 8 Through Spring 2018

The Utah State Board of Education is analyzing assessment throughout the public education system and has proposed to the Legislature that the ACT replace Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE) in high schools. However, some form of summative testing will still be used in core areas in grades 3 through 8. Utah’s contract with AIR, which provides SAGE, is scheduled to expire in early 2018. The Board agreed to use money generated by leasing of Utah SAGE test questions to other states to extend the SAGE contract and continue to offer the tests in elementary and middle school grades through spring of 2018 to give the state time to examine what testing should be used moving forward.

 

For additional information contact:

Jo Ellen Shaeffer, Assessment and Accountability Director, at (801) 538-7811.

Rich K. Nye, Deputy State Superintendent of Student Achievement, at (801) 538-7550.

 

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Board Approves Rule on Utah High School Activities Association

Following negotiations with the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSSA), the Utah State Board of Education approved a new rule that sets up governance expectations involving the organization.

Representatives from UHSAA and the Board will continue to discuss other potential rules governing associations like UHSAA.

 

For additional information contact:

Benjamin Rasmussen, Director of Law and Professional Practices, at (801) 538-7835.

Angela Stallings, Deputy State Superintendent of Policy and Communication, at (801) 538-7550.

 

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Proposed Rule Change Would Base District Compensation Primarily on Evaluations

The Utah State Board of Education gave preliminary approval to amendments to R277-531 Public Educator Evaluation Requirements (PEER) and to R277-533 District Educator Evaluation Systems that would require Utah school districts to base educator compensation systems primarily on the district’s educator evaluation system beginning in the 2018-19 school year. The changes also eliminate any provision in Board Rule that is not also required in state statute. The Board worked with the Utah School Superintendents Association to give districts enough leeway to make the rule’s implementation more feasible. Final approval will likely come during the Board’s November 4 meeting.

 

For additional information contact:

Jeannie Rowland, Educator Licensing Coordinator, at (801) 538-7923.

Diana Suddreth, Teaching and Learning Director, at (801) 538-7739.

Rich K. Nye, Deputy State Superintendent of Student Achievement, at (801) 538-7750.

Angela Stallings, Deputy State Superintendent of Policy and Communication, at (801) 538-7550.

 

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Board Approves Two Charter School Amendment Requests; Denies a Third

The Utah State Board of Education took the following action on charter school amendments:

 

For additional information contact:

Rabecca Cisneros, Charter School Specialist, at (801) 538-7990.

Jennifer Lambert, State Charter School Director, at (801) 538-7767.

 

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Board Preliminarily OKs Four Rule Amendments, Two New Rules

More information about proposed rules and their most current drafts can be found here.

The Utah State Board of Education preliminarily approved the following rule amendments and new rules. Final approval will likely come during the Board’s November 4 meeting.

 

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Board Approves Consent Calendar

The Board approved the consent calendar.

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