Comment Sought on Proposed Utah Educational Leadership Standards

The Utah State Board of Education is seeking public comment on its proposed Utah Educational Leadership Standards. Clear and consistent leadership standards can assist all educational stakeholders in understanding these expectations. These standards, grounded in current research and the real-life experiences of educational leaders, articulate the leadership that our schools need and our students deserve. They are student-centric, outlining foundational principles of leadership to guide the practice of educational leaders so they can move the needle on student learning and achieve more equitable outcomes for all students. . . . → Read More

Utah State Board of Education Meeting Summary for Nov. 2, 2017

In its November 2 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education (USBE): Advanced Utah Educational Leadership Standards for public review and began the process for updating both the state’s K-5 and 9-12 Science Standards and Early Childhood Core Standards. Voted to suspend a statewide writing assessment for grades 9-10 for the 2017-18 school year. Began looking at potential statutory change requests for the upcoming Utah legislative session. . . . → Read More

Utah State Board of Education Meeting Agendas for Nov. 2 – 3, 2017

The Utah State Board of Education will meet on Thursday, Nov. 2 beginning at 8 a.m. The Board will hold a Finance Committee meeting on Friday, Nov. 3, beginning at 8 a.m.; Board Law and Legislation Committee and Board Standards and Assessment Committee will meet on Friday, Nov. 3 beginning at 9 a.m. The Board will also meet as the Governing Board of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and blind on Friday, Nov. 3 at 1:30 p.m. and hold a study session later that day beginning at 2 p.m. All meetings will be held the Board’s office, 250 E 500 South, Salt Lake City. . . . → Read More

Utah Selects New Statewide School Testing Provider

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) will begin negotiations with Questar Assessment Inc. for a five-year, computer-adaptive testing contract that will begin being used in schools in the 2018-19 school year. . . . → Read More

In its October 12 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education: Delayed setting an effective date for approved changes to core course requirements for grades 7 and 8 and referred the rule back to committee for further consideration. Revised its funding priorities for the upcoming legislative session. Priorities include funding growth and a 5.5 percent increase in the weighted-pupil unit. Appointed Darin Nielsen as Assistant Superintendent of Student Learning. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Oct. 6, 2017

Equality Utah and the State Board of Education settle the lawsuit over sex-ed policy in Utah. Utah Business looks at the outlook for education in Utah. Of the 700,000 DACA recipients in the U.S., an estimated 20,000 of them are teachers. What does this mean for schools? All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Oct. 2, 2017

High School Activities Association sues the State Board of Education and the state. Latest state intergenerational poverty report shows some gains in education. Latest poll shows weakening support for Our Schools Now tax plan. Ed Week takes a look at how states plan to handle opt outs in their ESSA plans. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Sept. 26, 2017

Utah State Board of Education releases 2017 school grades. College Board releases 2017 SAT scores and Utah public school 2017 AP scores. The Utah scores are looking good. Utah Policy looks at Our Schools Now ahead of the 2018 election. 2018 Utah Teacher of the Year Aaryn Birchell discusses how she got there. New ECS study looks at the portability of teaching licenses. Is ninth grade the key to high school success? All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Sept. 21, 2017

Utah State Board of Education hears from both sides about the new middle school course flexibility rule. Legislators discuss school report cards. Are changes coming for educator licensing? Learning Policy Institute takes a national look at why teachers are quitting. Report finds U.S. spending on education is dropping relative to other nations. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More