State Board member on teacher tenure, evaluation

Tami Pyfer, Utah State Board of Education, District 1




A package of legislative recommendations received a preliminary nod of approval from the Utah State Board of Education on Friday. Among the Promises to Keep Legislative Agenda items is a recommendation to make some changes to how teachers are evaluated and terminated in Utah. Those curious about this recommendation should definitely read the letter to the editor by State Board Member Tami Pyfer published in today’s Logan Herald Journal. She breaks down what the proposal does, and what it doesn’t do. . . . → Read More

Promises to Keep Legislative Agenda

State of Education Address_Utah Superintendent of Public Instruction Larry K Shumway




The Utah State Board of Education is considering a slate of legislative and policy proposals to recommend to the Utah Legislature. The Promises to Keep Legislative Agenda will be introduced at the September 9 State Board meeting. . . . → Read More

State Office gathering differentiated pay pilot feedback




Superintendent Larry Shumway and Deputy Superintendent Martel Menlove have been gathering feedback from faculty at the five schools participating in the Performance Based Compensation Pilot Program. The short-lived pilot ends after this school year, when participating teachers will receive differentiated pay based on their performance according to the plan developed for the pilot program. . . . → Read More

Keeping our promises: Part 4

Utah State Board of Education Chairwoman Debra Roberts, District 15




Utah State Board of Education Chair Debra Roberts submits her final post in her four-part series on Utah’s long-term strategy for public education, outlined in the recently adopted document “Promises to Keep.” In this entry, she looks to the future at the challenges and opportunities of a new educational paradigm. . . . → Read More

Keeping our promises: Part 3

Utah State Board of Education Chairwoman Debra Roberts, District 15




Read the next installation in Utah State Board of Education Chairwoman Debra Roberts’ series on the recently adopted mission and vision statement for public education in Utah, “Promises to Keep.” In this post, she examines the premises upon which Promises to Keep is based. In her last post, she outlined what she believes to be one of the most important premises for public education in the United States: the rights and responsibilities of the individual. The first laid out the creation of Promises to Keep and what the Board intends to accomplish by adopting it. The final post in the series will look forward at the transformation Roberts hopes to see in Utah’s public education system. . . . → Read More

Keeping our promises: Part 2

Utah State Board of Education Chairwoman Debra Roberts, District 15




Read the next installation in Utah State Board of Education Chairwoman Debra Roberts’ series on the recently adopted mission and vision statement for public education in Utah, “Promises to Keep.” In this post, she examines what she believes to be one of the most important premises for public education in the United States: the rights and responsibilities of the individual. This is the second in a series of four posts. The first laid out the creation of Promises to Keep and what the Board intends to accomplish by adopting it. The next post will examine the premises upon which Promises to Keep is based. . . . → Read More

Keeping our promises

Utah State Board of Education Chairwoman Debra Roberts, District 15




Over the past few years, several voices have spoken out about the need for a long-term strategic plan for public education in the state of Utah. The Utah State Board of Education, within its constitutional duties of general control and supervision of public education, has created such a long-term plan, entitling it “Promises to Keep.” . . . → Read More