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December 5, 2014 Meeting

 

Briefly

In its Dec. 5, 2014 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education:

 

 

Board Approves Changes to School Grading System Rule 

 

The Utah State Board of Education approved changes to Rule R277-497 School Grading System to take into account changes from the state's old criterion-referenced tests and the new SAGE computer-adaptive assessments.

For Additional Information

joellen[dot]shaeffer[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Jo Ellen Shaeffer), Assessment and Accountability Director, at (801) 538-7811.

judy[dot]park[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Judy Park), Associate Superintendent for Student Services and Federal Programs, at (801) 538-7550.

 

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Board Approves Governor's School PACE Report Card

The Utah State Board of Education approved use of the new Governor's School PACE Report Card (please note the report cards seen on the link are not for actual schools nor is the data tied to any actual school) when the reports are issued later this month. The report cards track school academic performance.

 

For Additional Information

judy[dot]park[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Judy Park), Associate Superintendent for Student Services and Federal Programs, at (801) 538-7550.

 

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Board Reviews Budgetary Issues at State Office of Rehabilitation

The Utah State Board of Education reviewed financial issues at the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation. The Board will again review the issue during its Jan. 8 meeting.

For Additional Information

rthelin[at]utah[dot]gov(Russell J. Thelin), Utah State Office of Rehabilitation Director, at (801) 538-7540.


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Board Directs Use of Funds Earned from Utah Test Item Licensing

The Utah State Board of Education directed that money received from leasing end-of-year test questions to other states be directed to test question development in Utah and to assisting lower performing schools in using assessment data to improve student performance.

Most states are moving to new year-end tests with higher standards in language arts and math. Most will begin using the new tests this year. Utah is one of a handful of states that have moved ahead with developing tests and used them in the last academic year. Some states are now looking for developed questions for their tests. Florida, Arizona and Tennessee have contracted with Utah for test questions. Money from the Florida contract will be used for developing additional questions -- or items -- for Utah. Money from the Arizona and Tennessee contracts will be used for educator assistance on using data to improve student performance.

 

For Additional Information

joellen[dot]shaeffer[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Jo Ellen Shaeffer), Assessment and Accountability Director, at (801) 538-7811.

Judy[dot]park[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Thalea Longhurst), Associate Superintendent for Student Services and Federal Programs, at (801) 538-7550.

 

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Board Gives Preliminary Approval One New Rule and One Amendment

The Utah State Board of Education gave preliminary approval to the following new rule and rule change. Final approval will likely come during the Board's January 8 meeting:

 

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Board Approves General Financial Literacy Standards Update

The Utah State Board of Education approved updates to the state's general financial literacy standards. The updates address such issues as attending college, student loans, scholarships, and financial industry technology. The Board will also look at potentially adding a job interview component to the standards in the future.

 

For Additional Information

dawn[dot]stevenson[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Dawn Stevenson), Financial Literacy Coordinator, at (801) 538-7851.

thalea[dot]longhurst[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Thalea Longhurst), State CTE Director, at (801) 538-7889.

 


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Revolving Fund Loan OK'd for Vanguard Academy

The Utah State Board of Education approved a $136,000 loan from the state's charter school revolving account for Vanguard Academy in Salt Lake County. The money will be used for improving building infrastructure.

For Additional Information

marlies[dot]burns[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Marlies Burns), State Charter School Director, at (801) 538-7817.

bruce[dot]williams[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Bruce Williams), Associate Superintendent for Business and Operations, at (801) 538-7514.

 

 

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Tribute Paid to Outgoing Board Members

The Utah State Board of Education paid tribute to its six members who will be leaving at the end of the year. Leaving the Board are Kim R. Burningham of Bountiful, Keith M. Buswell of Pleasant View, Michael G. Jensen of West Valley City, Dan Griffiths of West Jordan, Heather Groom of Highland, and Debra G. Roberts of Beaver. New Board Members will be sworn in during the January 8 meeting.
 


  

Board Approves Consent Calendar

The Utah State Board of Education approved the consent calendar.

 

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