Enhancement for At-Risk Students (EARS)


The Utah State Board of Education appropriates funding annually for an intervention program intended to serve students at-risk of academic failure.

Title 53F-2-410: Enhancement for At-Risk Students Program
Utah State Legislature

R277-708: Enhancement for At-Risk Students Fiscal Procedures
Utah Office of Administrative Rules

The term at-risk of academic failure as defined by R277-708: Enhancement for At-Risk Students.

R277-708-2: Definitions.

1. At-risk of academic failure means a K-12 public school student who:

a. scores below proficient on a Board or Local Education Agency (LEA) approved assessment; or

b. meets an LEA governing board's approved definition of at-risk of academic failure.

R277-708-3: Allocation of Enhancement for At-Risk Student Funds.

b. When counting the number of students within an LEA who meet the criteria described in Subsection (4)(a), the Superintendent shall:

i. for a student who meets one criterion, count the student once; and

ii. for a student who meets more than one criterion, count the student for each criterion the student meets, up to three criteria.

The funding is based on an established formula using the following criteria:

  • Low performance on statewide assessment
  • Poverty
  • Mobility
  • Limited English Proficiency
  • Chronic absenteeism
  • Homelessness

The funding is distributed to Local Education Agencies through an application process annually due November 1. Once approved, LEAs will receive a monthly distribution.

Gang Prevention and Intervention

The Utah State Board of Education appropriated 1.5 million dollars from the appropriation for Enhancement for At-Risk Students Program for a Gang Prevention and Intervention program designed to help students at-risk for gang involvement stay in school.

Gang Prevention and Intervention Local Education Agency (LEA) Coordinators and Staff Directory 2018-2019

Title 53F-2-410: Enhancement for At-Risk Students Program
Utah State Legislature

Gang Prevention and Intervention Program means specifically designed projects and activities to help at-risk students stay in school and enhance their cultural and social competence, self-management skills, citizenship, preparation for life skills, academic achievement, literacy, and interpersonal relationship skills required for school completion and full participation in society.

R277-436: Gang Prevention and Intervention Programs in the Schools
Utah Office of Administrative Rules

The 1.5 million dollars was distributed to school districts and charter schools through a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) grant process. School districts and charter schools that were interested in applying attended a gang prevention and intervention bidders conference, submitted a letter of intent, and submitted a grant application including the following:

  • abstract
  • statement of need
  • goals and objectives and evaluation,
  • program operations and activities,
  • and a budget matrix and narrative.

Priority was given to applications reflecting interagency and intra-agency collaboration. The grants awarded, were funded on a three-year grant cycle based on the funds available each year.

R277-436-3(G): Application, Distribution of Funds, and Administrative Support
Utah Office of Administrative Rules