Enhancement for At-Risk Students (EARS)


The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) 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

Please refer to the USBE Policy, Law and Professional Practices Rules in Process with the Office of Administrative Rules (OAR) for the most up to date information on R277-708: Enhancement for At-Risk Students.

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

  • R277-708-1. Authority and Purpose.

(2)(a) The purpose of this rule is to establish criteria and procedures for distributing Enhancement for At-Risk Students funds to Local Education Agency's (LEAs).

(2)(b) The intent of the rule and the legislative appropriation is to improve academic achievement of students who are at risk of academic failure.

  • 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 LEA approved assessment; or

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

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 (LEAs) 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 (USBE) appropriated 1.2 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 1.2 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


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