Utah State Board of Education Meeting Summary for Aug. 4, 2017

Utah State Board of Education Meeting Summary

August 4, 2017

Highlights

In its August 4 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education:

  • Approved the use of end-of year SAGE tests for high school freshman and sophomores in spring 2018.
  • Added flexibility to middle school/junior high school course requirements.
  • Forwarded a draft copy of Utah’s Every Student Succeeds Act plan to the Governor and Legislature for their review.

Board Oks SAGE tests for grades 9 – 10 in 2018

Because of potential problems with the use of the ACT Aspire test for ninth and 10th grade students, the Utah State Board of Education voted to approve the use of SAGE tests for high school freshman and sophomores in the spring of 2018 and to open a request for proposals for a new test for the 2018-19 school year.

Utah high school juniors will continue to take the ACT test.

For additional information contact:
Patty Norman, Deputy Superintendent of Student Achievement, at 801-538-7550.

 

Middle school/junior high students offered course flexibility

The Utah State Board of Education voted to offer district and charter school flexibility in required course for middle school and junior high students through amendments in Administrative Rule R277-700 The Elementary and Secondary School General Core.

For additional information contact:
Diana Suddreth, Teaching and Learning Director, at 801-538-7739.
Tiffany Stanley, Policy Advisor, 801-538-7760.
Patty Norman, Deputy Superintendent of Student Achievement, at 801-538-7550.

 

Utah’s ESSA plan to be reviewed by Governor, Legislature

The Utah State Board of Education will forward a draft copy of the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan to Gov. Gary R. Herbert and Members of the Utah Legislature for their review prior to submittal to the U.S. Department of Education in September. The plan has already undergone extensive public and stakeholder review including public hearings and webinars.

ESSA is a collection of federal laws dealing with public education, mostly dealing with funding for students. Utah’s plan focuses that funding on improving equity in the classroom.

For additional information contact:
Patty Norman, Deputy Superintendent of Student Achievement, at 801-538-7550.

Board looks to clarify testing opt-out provisions

In order to clarify and consolidate what is in state law, what is in board rule, and what is in the state’s testing ethics manual, the Utah State Board of Education voted to ask staff to look at amendments to board rule and the ethics manual and present it for a vote at a later Board meeting.

For additional information contact:
Jared Wright, Assessment Coordinator, at 801-538-7871.
Tiffany Stanley, Policy Advisor, 801-538-7760.
Patty Norman, Deputy Superintendent of Student Achievement, 801-538-7515

Rep. Eliason discusses youth suicide with Board

Rep. Steve Eliason discussed youth suicide and the SafeUT Smartphone App with Members of the Utah State Board of Education. Eliason and Board Members expressed commitment to continue to help students who are affected.

 

School Children’s Trust Director Resigns

The Utah State Board of Education accepted the resignation of the Board School Children’s Trust Section Director Timothy Donaldson. Board Chair Mark Huntsman will appoint an interim director until a new director until a new director can be appointed under state law.

For additional information contact:
Emilie Wheeler, Board Communication Specialist, at 801-707-8421.

Board Oks Child Safety Matters for child sexual abuse prevention

State law requires the Utah State Board of Education in partnership with the state Department of Human Services to approve instructional materials for child sexual abuse prevention in schools. The Board approved Child Safe Matters as one of those providers.

For additional information contact:
Corby Eason, Student Support and Prevention Specialist, at 801-538-7863.
Lillian Tsosie-Jensen, Student Services Coordinator, 801-538-7962.
Patty Norman, Deputy Superintendent of Student Achievement, at 801-538-7550.

Law & Licensing Committee nixes online licensure changes

In a 3-2 vote, the Utah State Board of Education rejected a proposed change to R277-512-7 Online Licensure – Licensing Records. The proposed amended would have excluded from the online licensing database disciplinary action taken before Jan. 1, 2017. That information would still have been available upon request.

For additional information contact:
Travis Rawlings, Educator Licensing Coordinator, at 801-538-7601.
Diana Suddreth, Teaching and Learning Director, at 801-538-7739.
Benjamin Rasmussen, School Law Director, at 801-538-7835.
Angela Stallings, Deputy Superintendent of Policy and Communication, 801-538-7550.

Board gives final OK to two Administrative Rule changes

The Utah State Board of Education took final action on the following administrative rules:

R277-113-6 LEA Fiscal and Auditing Policies – Required LEA Fiscal Policies. This rule is being amended to establish internal controls and procedures to record transactions as they occur.

R277-703 Centennial Scholarship for Early Graduation. This rule is being amended to allow students to defer the scholarship in compliance with new state law.

 

Board takes preliminary action on eight Board rules

The Utah State Board of Education took preliminary action on the following rules. Final action will likely come during the Board’s September 8 meeting.

R277-420 Aiding Financially Distressed School Districts. This rule is being amended to conform with the Rulewriting Manual for Utah.

R277-423 Delivery of Flow Through Money. This rule is being repealed because its provisions can be better handled through Internal Finance Section policies.

R277-424 Indirect Costs for State Programs. This rule is being amended to conform with the Rulewriting Manual for Utah.

R277-426 Definition of Private and Non-Profit Schools for Federal Program Services. This rule is being amended to conform with the Rulewriting Manual for Utah.

R277-454 Construction Management of School Building Projects. This rule is being continued following a routine five-year review.

R277-419 Pupil Accounting. This rule is being amended to clarify how a district or charter school may seek a waiver from minimum school-day requirements. The Board will also seek public feedback on additional amendments to the rule.

R277-474 School Instruction and Human Sexuality. This rule is being amended to conform with the Rulewriting Manual for Utah.

R277-621 District of Residence. This new rule establishes procedures for reviewing a student’s request for an alternative district of residency in compliance with new state law.

 

Board approves consent calendar

The Board approved consent calendar items.

 

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