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April 15, 2016

 

Highlights

In its April 15 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education:

  • Heard a progress report on the appointment of a new State Superintendent of Public Instruction. 
  • Agreed to form a steering committee to look at a new contractor for state SAGE assessments.
  • Adopted updates to the state's Elementary Math and K-12 Fine Arts standards.

 

State Superintendent Search Progressing

 

The Utah State Board of Education is seeking public opinion through an online survey on a new State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The survey will be open through April 20.

Brad C. Smith resigned as superintendent in February and the Board appointed Deputy Superintendent Sydnee Dickson as interim superintendent at that time. 

After receiving public input, the Board will begin seeking applications from candidates and anticipates appointing a new superintendent by July 1.

  

For additional information contact:

emilie[dot]wheeler[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Emilie Wheeler), Board Communication Specialist, at (801) 707-8421.   

 

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Steering Committee to Investigate New Contractor for State Assessment System

The Utah State Board of Education's contract with American Institutes of Research for the statewide Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE) assessments will expire in 2017. The Board adopted a time line for identifying a new contractor. 

The Board also agreed to appoint a steering committee to begin work on a new contract. The committee will be chaired by a Board member and will be comprised of:

  • Two members of the Utah State Board of Education.
  • One member of the state superintendency.
  • Two members of the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) assessment team.
  • Two teachers.
  • One district assessment director.
  • One Utah State Charter School Board designee.
  • One district superintendent.
  • One USOE information technology employee.  

For additional information contact:

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

rich[dot]nye[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Rich Nye), Deputy State Superintendent, at (801) 538-7550.

 

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Board Adopts Revised Elementary Math, Fine Arts Standards, Delays Social Studies

Following a 90-day public review, the Utah State Board of Education approved updates to the Elementary Mathematics Core standards and the Fine Arts standards.

Because the Board did not have sufficient time to parse proposed updates to the Secondary Social Students Core standards, no action was taken on it. The standards will be brought back on May 12 for potential release for public comment.

  

For additional information contact:

david[dot]smith[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(David A. Smith), STEM Coordinator, at (801) 538-7766. 

cathy[dot]jensen[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Cathy Jensen), Fine Arts Specialist, at (801) 538-7793. 

robert[dot]austin[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Robert Austin), Social Studies Specialist, at (801) 538-7575. 

diana[dot]suddreth[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Diana Suddreth), Teaching and Learning Director, at (801) 538-7788.

 

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Cleaner WPU Calculation Explored

The Utah State Board of Education reviewed a new accounting order of operations for calculating the weighted-pupil unit (WPU), the basic funding mechanism of public education. WPUs had been calculated differently for district and charter schools. The new method brings more fairness to the system. 

The method has been discussed with the Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst and it was determined that this was the best time to switch to the new method. The new method will result in an additional 777 WPUs. The Utah State Office of Education Finance Section will update the Board monthly on meeting financial targets with the new calculation.
 

 

For additional information contact:

jaime[dot]Barrett[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Jaime Barrett), Minimum School Program Coordinator, at (801) 538-7667.

natalie[dot]grange[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Natalie Grange), School Finance Director, at (801) 538-7668.

scott[dot]jones[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Scott Jones), Deputy Superintendent for Operations, at (801) 538-7814.

 

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Board Looks for Rule on CTE Maintenance of Effort

The Utah State Board of Education is seeking a draft rule to deal with changes in funding affecting the maintenance of effort provisions of career and technical education.

The Public Education Appropriations Committee modified the Special Education and CTE add-on WPU value in the 2016 legislative session, increasing it to the value of the regular WPU. The value of the add-on WPU is part of the state local education agency (LEA) CTE maintenance of effort (MOE) calculation set forth in Board rule. With the increase of the value of the add-on WPU, LEAs will see their state MOE requirements increase in FY2017.

The new rule will be aimed at helping LEAs meet their maintenance-of-effort targets. 

 

For additional information contact:

jaime[dot]Barrett[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Jaime Barrett), Minimum School Program Coordinator, at (801) 538-7667.

natalie[dot]grange[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Natalie Grange), School Finance Director, at (801) 538-7668.

thalea[dot]longhurst[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Thalea Longhurst), Career, Technical, and Adult Education Director, at (801) 538-7865.

scott[dot]jones[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Scott Jones), Deputy Superintendent for Operations, at (801) 538-7814.

 

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Utah Special Education Teachers to Get Increased Stipend

The Utah State Board of Education approved a measure to offer Utah special education teachers six days of extended-year stipend this year. The move is similar to six days of stipend last year and was made possible with carry-over funds. The teachers will work the extra days either before the start of the school year or after it ends. 

   

For additional information contact:

glenna[dot]gallo[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Glenna Gallo), Special Education Director, at (801) 538-7757.

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Utah Military Academy Enrollment Increase and Satellite Opening Delay Approved

The Utah State Board of Education approved a request from Utah Military Academy charter school to increase its enrollment from 1,080 students to 1,200 students and to postpone the opening of the school's Camp Williams campus until the fall of 2017.

  

For additional information contact:

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

 

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Board Creates Digital Teaching and Learning Grant Program

The Utah State Board of Education approved Rule R277-922, formally creating the state's Digital Teaching and Learning Grant Program. The program will fund grants for districts and charter schools for digital education technology.

  

For additional information contact:

rick[dot]gaisford[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Rick Gaisford), Education Technology Specialist, at (801) 538-7798.

diana[dot]suddreth[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Diana Suddreth), Teaching and Learning Director, at (801) 538-7788.

angela[dot]stallings[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Angela Stallings), Associate Superintendent for Policy and Communication, at (801) 538-7550.

 

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Board Looks to Sunset the Name 'Utah State Office of Education'

Nearly 37 years after the Utah State Board of Education created the title "Utah State Office of Education" to describe the entity that carries out the Board's directives, the Board voted to sunset the use of the name and asked staff to report back in May about steps necessary to accomplish the move.

Board minutes from Sept. 21, 1979 show the Board created the name "Utah State Office of Education" to differentiate staff from the Board.

  

For additional information contact:

emilie[dot]wheeler[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Emilie Wheeler), Board Communication Specialist, at (801) 707-8421.   

   

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Board Preliminarily OKs Four Rule Amendments and One New Rule

More information about proposed rules and their most current drafts can be found here.

The Utah State Board of Education preliminarily approved the following rule amendments. Final approval will likely come during the Board's May 13 meeting.

 

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Board Repeals and Adopts New UPPAC Rules

A recent court ruling which concluded that the Utah State Board of Education had not followed proper rule making procedures in the adoption of rules R277-200 through 207. Because of that, the Board repealed those rules and adopted rules R277-210 through 215, all of which are subject to a May 12 public hearing. You can see the new rules here.

  

For additional information contact:

benjamin[dot]rasmussen[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Benjamin Rasmussen), UPPAC Director, Special Counsel and Executive Secretary, at (801) 538-7835.

rich[dot]nye[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Angela Stallings), Associate Superintendent for Policy and Communication, at (801) 538-7550.

ncall[at]utah[dot]gov(Nicole Call), Assistant Attorney General, at (801) 538-7523.

   

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Board Approves Consent Calendar

The Board approved the consent calendar

 

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