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2017-2018

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Meeting Summary

April 12, 2018

In its April 12, 2018 meeting the Utah State Board of Education:

  • Suspended school grades for the 2017-18 school year.
  • Reviewed a Board audit on school fees.
  • Approved drafting an update to the state’s K-5 and 9-12 science standards.
  • Preliminarily approved a new three-tiered educator license structure.

The USBE Finance, Law and Licensing, and Standards and Assessment standing committees will meet on Friday April 13, 2018.

  • Meeting agendas can be found on BoardDocs.
  • Committee items approved Friday will be heard by the full Board during its May 3, 2018 meeting.
  • Those who wish to comment on pending administrative rules or rule changes or existing rules are invited to contact us via e-mail at rule.comments@schools.utah.gov.

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School grades suspended for 2017-18 school year

The Utah State Board of Education voted to suspend school grades for the 2017-18 school year. Utah law does not require the Board to assign ratings during the 2017-18 school year. The Board will still release school-level accountability data in December of this year but will not assign a letter grade.

For additional information, please contact:

Ann-Michelle Neal
Assessment Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7586 | E-mail

Darin Nielsen 
Assistant Superintendent of Student Learning
Phone: (801) 538-7811 | E-mail

Allison Nicholson
Policy Advisor
Phone: (801) 538-7550 | E-mail

USBE audit recommends increased school fee monitoring

A Utah State Board of Education audit determined the Board is not adequately monitoring school fees.

The Board has appointed a Task Force on School Fees to look further into the matter and has directed it to recommend:

(1) Maximum fee amounts a student or family can be charged;

(2) A list of alternatives in lieu of fee waivers, with a process whereby local education agencies (LEAs) and schools can implement other fee waiver alternatives;

(3) Changes to R277-407 to eliminate confusion and misunderstanding (e.g., project-related courses, optional projects, fees, donations, fundraisers, etc.);

(4) Improvements to the USBE's current internal controls over school fees as contained in R277-407, internal policies, and internal procedures;

(5) An effective monitoring process of USBE's internal controls, including ongoing school fee compliance reviews for all LEAs and schools;

(6) Potential corrective action, remedies, and/or sanctions USBE can employ as outlined in the Permanent Injunction, Doe vs. Utah State Board of Education, Civil No. 920903376 Section IV subparagraph J.2 (pp. 49-50), which will include “withholding of monthly disbursements of Minimum School Program funds until such a time as [an LEA comes] into full compliance and return[s] improperly collected funds to eligible students and their families”; and

(7) An effective system of training USBE can provide to LEAs and schools to effectively implement R277-407.

For additional information, please contact:

Scott Jones
Deputy Superintendent of Financial Operations
Phone: (801) 538-7514 | E-mail

 

Board OKs drafting updated K-5, 9-12 science standards

The Utah State Board of Education gave its approval to begin writing updates to the state’s K-5 and 9-12 science standards. The Board asked that the writing committee consider the possibility of differentiating high school science instruction into traditional science areas and to consider not just the Next Generation Science Standards, but other standards as well. The writing committee will begin its multi-month work process soon and will bring a draft to the Board later this year.

Utah’s process for revising standards.

For additional information, please contact:

Richard Scott
K-12 Science Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7808 | E-mail

Joleigh Honey 
STEM Coordinator
Phone: (801) 538-7794 | E-mail

Diana Suddreth
Teaching and Learning Director
Phone: (801) 538-7788 | E-mail

Board preliminarily OKs new three-tier educator licensing

The Utah State Board of Education preliminary approved a new three-tier educator licensing structure. The rule will come back to the Board for discussion and final approval during its May 3 meeting. The new rule would not go into effect until the 2020-21 school year if approved in May.

For additional information, please contact:

Travis Rawlings
Educator Licensing Coordinator
Phone: (801) 538-7601 | E-mail

Diana Suddreth
Teaching and Learning Director
Phone: (801) 538-7739 | E-mail

Board updates Graduation Task Force scope, timeline

The Utah State Board of Education approved an update to the scope of work and the timeline for completion of the High School Graduation Course Requirements Task Force.

For additional information, please contact:

Patty Norman
Deputy Director of Student Achievement
Phone: (801) 538-7515 | E-mail

Assessment to Achievement extension approved

The Utah State Board of Education approved extending the Assessment to Achievement program, which is a professional learning program that focuses on effectively using data to improve student achievement. The original program’s contract came to an end after five years. Several schools asked the program to continue. The Board will use state legislative funds to extend the program.

For additional information, please contact:

Darin Nielsen
Assistant Superintendent of Student Achievement
Phone: (801) 538-7811 | E-mail

Patty Norman
Deputy Superintendent of Student Achievement
Phone: (801) 538-7660 | E-mail

Board approves six rule amendments, one new rule

The Utah State Board of Education gave final approval to the following administrative rule amendments:

 

Consent calendar approved

The Utah State Board of Education approved its consent calendar.

 

Highlights from Friday’s Committee Meetings Schedules

All meetings will be held at the Board’s office, 250 E 500 South, Salt Lake City, and will begin at 9 a.m. on April 13, 2018.

Highlights of the Finance Committee meeting include:

  • Consideration of a request from Utah County Academy of Science to expand its program to 600 students.
  • Review of agency base budgets for the 2019 fiscal year.

Highlights of the Law and Licensing Committee meeting include:

  • Consideration of proposed changes to the educator licensing rule.
  • Consideration of a request from the Tooele County School District to move Dugway K-12, Ibapah Elementary, and Vernon Elementary schools to a four-day week.

Highlights of the Standards and Assessment Committee meeting include:

  • Consideration of designating seven new schools to Utah’s STEM School program.
  • Review of amendments to the school grading system.

 

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