Utah State Board of Education Meeting Summary

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. . . . → Read More

State Board February Meeting Summary

In its Feb. 6, 2015 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education: • Discussed Utah Core Standards and the Common Core with Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert and Attorney General Sean D. Reyes. • Deferred a decision on whether to seek an extension to Utah’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver while watching events both in Washington, where the act is now up for renewal, and in Salt Lake City, where the Legislature is preparing its annual budget for public education. • Prepared its final budget requests for public schools for fiscal year 2015 for the Utah Legislature. . . . → Read More

Utah State Board of Education June Meeting Summary

Utah State Board of Education Seal

During their regular meeting on June 1, 2012, the Utah State Board of Education: Reviewed a study comparing Utah’s performance on National Assessment of Educational Progress assessments in language arts, math and science with other states with similar scores and cross-referenced with class size and per-pupil funding. Moved forward on education employment reform with preliminary passage of the Public Educator Evaluation Requirements (PEER). Continued to expand education choice with the approval of eight charter schools amendments. . . . → Read More

Utah State Board of Education May Meeting Summary

In this meeting, the Utah State Board of Education gave preliminary approval to new early childhood core standards to help public preschools make informed decisions regarding curriculum in order to prepare children for kindergarten. The Board reviewed comments from concerned Utahns on the state’s core standards in language arts and math. It looked at new data on Utah high school graduate enrollment and retention in post-secondary education. About 62 percent of Utah’s graduate go on to post-secondary education and about 54 percent of them are retained at Utah’s colleges and universities. And the Board changed Utah’s status from “governing state” to “advisory state” in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium in preparation for release of a request for proposal on some of Utah’s annual Criterion-reference Tests. . . . → Read More

Utah State Board of Education Meeting Summary: April 13, 2012

In this meeting, Utah public education governing partners from the Governor’s Office, Legislature, school districts and charters were invited to join with the Utah State Office of Education in reviewing the process for setting the minimum school program budget and to help ensure the process is public. The Utah State Board of Education scheduled a public forum on April 26 to hear public comment on Utah Core Standards. Student activity account trainings have been scheduled for superintendents, principals, school athletic directors and school board members during the month of May. The Utah State Board of Education approved seven new charter schools. . . . → Read More

Utah State Board of Education Meeting Summary for February 3, 2012

In this meeting, the Utah State Board of Education gave approval for the state to seek waivers offered by the federal government under No Child Left Behind; agreed to form a work group to study and make recommendations for an RFP for statewide assessments for Utah’s core curriculum; and granted a requested from rural Juab County’s Tintic School District to move to a four-day week for school. . . . → Read More

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

In this meeting, the Utah State Board of Education preliminarily approved a school grading system; approved for public comment a set of early childhood education standards; and approved technology standards to address access to technology, professional learning for educators and technical support. . . . → Read More