Welcome to Educator Effectiveness

The purpose of the Educator Effectiveness Team is to create a system for continuous growth that aligns to the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Strategic Plan. The essential characteristics of this system include accountability, transparency, feedback, and flexibility. We ensure the quality of this system through effective professional learning and personalized support.

Educator Excellence Plan


The Effective Educator Standards are a description of highly effective teaching and leading as adopted by the USBE. The standards provide a resource for educators throughout the state of Utah to analyze and prioritize expectations for high quality instruction.

Effective Teaching Standards

Utah Effective Teaching Standards:

Effective Leadership Standards

Utah Educational Leadership Standards:

New Utah Effective Leadership Standards Open for Public Review as of November 6, 2017

Thank you for your interest in the Utah Educational Leadership Standards (UELS). The current UELS have been reviewed by a standards review committee and draft review standards have been written under the direction of USBE. The writing team consisted of principals, charter school directors, district central office staff, superintendents, and representatives from higher education. The writing teams used a number of resources in their work.

The draft UELS are available for public review for 90 days ending on February 4, 2018. Please complete the survey to have your voice heard.

UELS Survey

Proposed Utah Educational Leadership Standard Revisions
The text of the standards is included in the survey. You can also access the full text of the standards before taking the survey.

Utah Administrative Code Rules and Regulations

Rule R277-530: Utah Effective Educator Standards
Utah Office of Administrative Rules

Title 53A-8a: Public Education Human Resource Management Act
Utah State Legislature

Educator Awards and Incentive Programs

Utah Teacher of the Year Award (UTOY)

The UTOY is part of the National Teacher of the Year (NTOY) Program. It began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that focuses on public attention on excellence in teaching.

2016 Utah Teacher of the Year

T.H. Bell Incentive Loan Program (TILP)

The Teaching Incentive Loan is funded by the Utah State Legislature and is administered by the State Board of Regents. The Utah State Board of Education receives and assesses applications from senior students from any high school in the state of Utah. Recipients are required to pursue an educator preparation program, obtain educator licensing, and then teach in Utah public schools for a period equal to the time they received assistance. The TILP consists of a waiver covering up to the cost of tuition and fees at Utah Institutions of Higher Education offering approved teacher preparation programs. TILP is to be used for a period not exceeding 8 semesters.


T.H. Bell Teaching Incentive Program Contacts

Acceptable Documents for the T.H. Bell Applications Received by USBE

ACT/SAT Report
Any of the followinig documents are acceptable for ACT/SAT verfication.  The USBE requires the report to be submitted, scores on school transcripts will not be considered as evidence of full report.

Color copy of original is acceptable. Not required to be in sealed envelope.

High School Transcripts
A copy of high school transcripts must be presented with the submission in a sealed envelope from the school to be valid.

Seal of Bliliteracy
Per Utah Office of Administrative Rules R277-499. Seal of Biliteracy, a new program within the state of Utah was put into effect as of August 1, 2017. As of now, all Local Education Agencies (LEAs) (such as districts and charters) should be working on this program’s execution. To find out more information on the seal, you can speak to local District Office or Charter School.

Utah Seal of Biliteracy


Educator Professional Performance

Teaching Tool
Utah Teaching Observation Tool (Version 4.0)

Leadership Tool
Utah Education Leadership Tool

Student Growth

Utah Code and Board Rule require Student Growth to be measured with these three components:

  • Learning goals measuring long-term outcomes linked to the appropriate specific content knowledge and skills from the Utah Core Standards;
  • Assessments; and
  • Targets for incremental monitoring of student growth.

For further information on student growth, please contact your district’s office.

Stakeholder Input

Utah Code and Board Rule require Stakeholder Input from:

  • Students and Parents for Educator Evaluations
  • Students, Parents, and Staff for Administrator Evaluations

For further information on student growth, please contact your district’s office.

Utah Administrative Rules and Regulations

Rule R277-530: Utah Effective Teaching and Educational Leadership Standards

Rule R277-531: Public Educator Evaluation Requirements (PEER)

Rule R277-533: District Educator Evaluation Systems

Title 53A-8a: Public Education Human Resource Management Act

Title IIA

Purpose and Description

The purpose of the program is to increase academic achievement by improving teacher and principal quality. This program is carried out by: increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in classrooms; increasing the number of highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools; and increasing the effectiveness of teachers and principals by holding LEAs and schools accountable for improvements in student academic achievement.


U.S. Department of Education:

Entry Years Enhancements (E.Y.E)/Mentoring

This program is currently under review by the Utah Board’s Licensing Task Force.

E.Y.E. is a structured support program for Level 1 educators as they fulfill the requirements for a Level 2 professional license. E.Y.E. provides level 1 educators with school, district, and state support for a three-year period. All educators are required to participate and all requirements must be completed within the first three years of service.

New Teachers

USBE Educator Licensing
All information for licensing can be obtained through the link below or please call our Licensing Desk at (801) 538-7740.

E.Y.E. Brochure


Mentor Training Module

Mentor Coordinators

2017-2018 Meetings

Our scheduled meetings for coordinators is specified below. If you are a Mentor Coordinator, and have not received communications from our team, please contact Cassidy Johnson for more information.

Save the Dates!


National Board Certification

National Board Certification is a demonstration of a candidate's teaching practice as measured against high and rigorous standards. National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) leads the way in making teaching a profession that is dedicated to student learning, while upholding high standards for professional performance.

Being a National Board Certified Teacher

NBPTS emphasize that accomplished teachers in every field and at every level are aware of what they do and why they are doing it as they teach. These standards represent a consensus among accomplished teachers and educational experts about what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.

Apply for a National Board Candidacy

Reimbursement of the Initial Application Program Fee

Teachers currently teaching in Utah schools who complete National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification after July 1, 2016 may apply for reimbursement of the Initial Application Program fees. Reimbursement is also available for certificate renewal expenses.

NBPT Certification Reimbursement Fee Options & Reimbursement Application

Note: Funds are limited and are awarded on a first come first served basis.

Teacher Salary Supplement Program (TSSP)

National Board Certified Teachers are eligible to receive an annual salary supplement under TSSP.

More Information on TSSP & How to Apply

Apply for TSSP


Utah National Board Coalition (UNBC) 

See contact information for the coordinator of this program, David Smith, below.

Teacher Leader

Projects based on S.B. 51 from General State Legislative Session 2016.

The Hope Street Teacher Fellowship Group

The Utah State Board of Educator Effectiveness Team is happy to work with The Utah Teacher Fellows - experienced professionals with 3 to 28 years in classrooms. The fellows will engage their educator peers and submit teacher-led solutions to the State Board of Education to inform policy and practice.

Hope Street Group - Utah Website


See contact information below for the specialist overseeing this program, Lisa Brown. 

Utah Administrative Code Rules and Regulations

Rule R277-513: Teacher Leader
Utah Office of Administrative Rules

Title 53A-6-115 Teacher Leaders
Utah State Legislature

Educator Effectiveness Team

Jeannie Rowland
Phone: (801) 538-7923 | E-mail

David Smith
Phone: (801) 538-7766 | E-mail

Phone: | E-mail

Cassidy Johnson
Executive Secretary
Phone: (801) 538-7751 | E-mail