The Utah State Board of Education’s (USBEs) strategic plan provides a shared vision for the future of Utah’s education system. It identifies a vision for Utah students upon completion through a vision statement and the characteristics outlined in the Portrait of a Graduate. The plan further provides goals that reflect ambitious outcomes we aim for the system to deliver for each student and high-leverage strategies to align efforts toward impacting each goal. The plan also aligns USBE’s efforts internally as we focus on our mission of creating the conditions for equitable student success.
Vision: Upon completion, all Utah students are prepared to succeed and lead by having the knowledge and skills to learn, engage civically, and lead meaningful lives.
This vision for Utah students is also articulated through the Utah's Portrait of a Graduate, which identifies the ideal characteristics of a Utah graduate upon exiting the K-12 system. The Portrait of a Graduate serves as our north star for system transformation. As school districts and charter schools develop Portraits of a Graduate for their unique communities, we continue working through the implications of this vision for the design of our system at the state level. Our aim is to create the conditions for school systems throughout the state to intentionally deliver on this powerful vision.
Mission: The Utah State Board of Education leads by creating equitable conditions for student success: advocating for necessary resources, developing policy, and providing effective oversight and support.
The Board has adopted the following definition of equity to accompany its mission statement:
To assess progress of the system toward our vision, we track several indicators at the system level. In 2017, the Board established ambitious 5-year targets for each of these indicators. These targets were set by determining the amount of progress necessary to get one-third of the way to 100% by 2022.
Education Elevated 2022 Targets
Further disaggregation by student group, including historically underserved student groups, will be made available soon.
For information on data definitions for each of the Education Elevated measures.
Pandemic related disruptions have influenced student achievement in Utah. The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) initiated a comprehensive set of studies to help understand the extent of pandemic-related disruptions on students’ academic performance.
Exploring the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Student Achievement in Utah Executive Report
USBE Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources Effects on Learning
The strategic plan provides four goals for the education system. The goals are written as results statements reflecting an ambitious outcome we aim for the system to provide for each student. Utah State Board of Education's role in achieving these goals is to create the conditions at the state level to enable local education agencies and leaders to achieve them in schools and classrooms across the state.
For more information on personalized learning, including a definition and information on how to initiate personalized learning, refer to Personalized Learning.
The strategic plan identifies high-leverage strategies to align efforts toward impacting each goal.
For more information on the strategies, including a theory of change behind the strategy, and an update on implementation progress, refer to the Annual Implementation Updates.
The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) is tracking and reporting progress on implementation toward our long-term goals.
Utah State Board of Education Strategic Plan 2020 Implementation Update
Details the progress on implementation, outlines a rationale and indicators for each goal, and articulates a theory of change for each strategy.
Utah State Board of Education Strategic Plan 2021 Implementation Update
A companion to the 2020 update detailing annual progress on implementation.
In addition to the Education Elevated Indicators, the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) tracks progress on each of the four goals using indicators aligned to each goal.
Reports: Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism
USBE Assessment and Accountability
R277-325: Public Education Exit and Engagement Surveys | R277-623: School Climate Survey
USBE Administrative Rules
Title: 53E-2-202: Planning for Utah's Public Education System | Title: 53G-8-802: State Safety and Support Program. State Board Duties
Title: 53G-11-304: Educator Exit Survey. Rulemaking. Local Education Agencies to Create and Administer Exit Surveys. Reporting
Utah State Legislature
Note that the instructional practices measures are only collected for LEAs participating in the Competency-Based Education Grant program (Title:53E-5-502).