The Utah State Board of Education makes annual accountability determinations for schools based on student academic outcomes and growth. As a state, we are also committed to using fair accountability models to accurately differentiate the performance of schools.

Refer to the Utah Accountability Technical Manual for detailed information on the indicators of school accountability, method for calculation, and business rules for Utah's School Accountability System.

Schools Identified under the Utah State Legislature Title 53E-5-3: School Turnaround and Leadership Development.


Performance Thresholds for School Grades

School Grading Exemption Request Form

Utah State Board of Education Resolution Number 2016-XX: Resolution Establishing the Assessment and Accountability Policy Advisory Committee

Utah Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

Draft Methodology for Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) English Language Proficiency (ELP) Indicator

Utah ESEA Flexibility

Utah ESEA Flexibility Approved Plan

Utah ESEA Flexibility Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Utah ESEA Flexibility Request

Student Growth Percentiles (SGP) | Student Growth Target (SGT) Explainer


Comprehensive School Improvement (CSI)



Rank Lists




Title I Rank Lists


School Turnaround

Cohort 1

Cohort 2

Title 53E-5-3: School Turnaround and Leadership Development
Utah State Legislature



Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) 95% Participation 



Targeted School Improvement (TSI) 



Archived Reports


Ann-Michelle Neal
Education Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7651 | E-mail


Assessment to Achievement

What is Assessment to Achievement?

The Assessment to Achievement (A2A) program provides implementation support in using data, creating collaborative structures, and engaging in evidence-based instructional practices to increase student achievement. Using content tailored to schools’ needs, the Assessment to Achievement program leverages evidence-based strategies in combination with implementation science to improve student outcomes. School and district teams who participate in this four-year program increase their own expertise in collaboratively analyzing multiple data points and using the analysis to inform instructional and program decisions that positively influence students and schools.

Utah State Board of Education Assessment to Achievement: Impacting Student Learning and Growth in Utah Schools

Who is Participating?

Since 2015, as many as 100 schools have participated in the program. Cohort 3 began the program during the 2019-2020 school year and will participate through the 2022-2023 school year. Cohort 4 began the program during the 2020-2021 school year and will participate through the 2023-2024 school year.

Cohort 5 will begin the 2023-2024 school year. Applications will be available and accepted in January of 2023.

What are Educators Saying about Assessment to Achievement?

Assessment to Achievement (Full Version) | Assessment to Achievement (Short Version)


Megan Lopez
Assessment to Achievement Project Manager
Phone: (801) 538-7723 | E-mail

Data Management

The Utah Office of Administrative Rules R277-404-9: Data Exchanges requires the Utah State Board of Education to provide direction to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) detailing the data exchange requirements for each assessment. This section is intended to give Assessment Directors access to resources, trainings, documentation, and tools in order to manage data for each assessment.

Utah Assessment Student Rostering Manual

Assessment Core Codes

Acadience Core Code Priority List 2020-2021

Dual Immersion Core Codes 2020-2021

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Enrollment 2020-2021

Utah Core Standards Benchmarks Core Codes

English Language Arts (ELAs) Core Codes 2020-2021

Mathematics Core Codes 2020-2021

Science Core Codes 2020-2021

Readiness, Improvement, Success, Empowerment (RISE)

English Language Arts (ELAs) Core Codes 2020-2021

Mathematics Core Codes 2020-2021

Science Core Codes 2020-2021


Utah State Board of Education Student Information System (SIS)

Secure File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
Utah State Board of Education Moveit

Student Enrollment File Format


Melissa Preziosi
Data Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7949 | E-mail


The page contains additional resources for analyzing and interpreting statewide assessment results.

Title 53E-4-311: Analysis of Results.Staff Professional Development
Utah State Legislature

Confidence Range

Utah Aspire Plus Predicted ACT Scores


Lisa McLachlan
Reporting Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7673 | E-mail

Special Education Services (SES)

Special Education Assessment
Utah State Board of Education Special Education


Tracy Gooley
Phone: (801) 538-7887 | E-mail

Formative Assessment

What is Formative Assessment?

Formative Assessment is a planned, ongoing process used by all students and teachers during learning and teaching to elicit and use evidence of student learning to give teachers and students the opportunity to identify strengths and weaknesses with specific knowledge, skills, and abilities outlined in the Utah Core Standards. It is often referred to as assessment for learning.

The formative assessment process requires students and teachers to integrate and embed the following key practices in a collaborative and respectful classroom environment:

  • Clarifying learning goals and success criteria within a broader progression of learning
  • Eliciting and analyzing evidence of student thinking
  • Engaging in self-assessment and peer feedback
  • Providing actionable feedback
  • Using evidence and feedback to move learning forward by adjusting learning strategies, goals, or next instructional steps

Formative tools are provided to assist with this planned process including the RISE Benchmark modules, RISE Interims, High School Core Benchmarks, Acadience Reading Progress Monitoring, Utah Compose, and Utah Test Item Pool Service (UTIPS).

What is a Learning Progression?

A learning progression is a carefully sequenced set of building blocks composed of the essential skills and knowledge that students must master as part of the path to achieving a learning goal. They are not standards or instructional objectives.

  • Provide educators a pathway to think carefully about what is required to keep learning moving forward
  • Serve as the foundation and blueprint for instruction and formative assessment
  • Describe the stages or levels students move through as their understanding develops, the kinds of tasks that students can perform at each level, and what that performance looks like
  • Allow educators and students to focus on deep learning
  • Use multiple measures that focus attention on what students are learning
  • Increase student motivation and self-regulation with individualized instruction

Creating a Learning Progression Framework

Utah Compose

Utah Compose is a formative assessment tool that is provided free of charge to all public school teachers and students in grades 3-12. It is a web-based writing program designed to help Utah public school students in grades 3-12 improve writing through practice, immediate feedback, and guided instructional support.

Educators can assign the pre-packaged prompts that include source material that provides students with the needed textual evidence required in effective writing; or teachers can write and add their own prompts and stimulus material to assign to students.

Prompts and lesson supports are provided in four genres: opinion-argument; informative/explanatory; narrative; and constructive-response/short answer; across multiple content areas. Reports are provided with detailed results that can be used to inform writing instruction across disciplines and to assist students in setting learning goals.

Utah Compose Formative Writing Tool
Measurement Incorporated (MI)

Utah Compose Help Desk 

Utah Test Item Pool Service (UTIPS)

The Utah Test Item Pool Service (UTIPS) is a formative assessment tool provided to all Utah K-12 educators for use in any subject area (e.g. Career and Technical Education (CTE), Social Studies, Health Education, etc.) at any grade level.

Educators can use the UTIPS tool to write their own assessment items to assign to their students in a variety of formats including multiple-choice, multi-select, hot text, matching, and short-answer questions. An equation editor is provided for teachers and students. Automated scoring is available for all item types except writing. Assessments can be shared across classrooms, schools, and across Utah. Reports have been updated and provide detailed results that can be used to inform instruction and to assist students in setting learning goals.

UTIPS was launched in 2011 in a collaborative effort between the Utah State Board of Education and the Utah Education Network (UEN) and includes a Utah educator-created item bank for English Language Arts and Mathematics. The UTIPS item bank was realigned to the 2013 Utah Standards ELA and Mathematics. New items were added to the item bank in 2019 (math) and 2020 (ELA).

UTIPS Help Desk

Students must contact their teacher(s) for UTIPS assistance. No Help Desk assistance is provided to students.


Kim Rathke, Masters of Education (M.Ed.); Nationally Board Certified Teacher (NBCT)
Formative Assessment and Test Administration Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7876 | E-mail

Remote Testing

Information coming soon.