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USBE Meetings - Summary

May 12, 2016

 

Highlights

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

  • Agreed, conditionally, to review the state's math and English language arts standards and to support Gov. Gary Herbert in his request to look at replacing Utah's SAGE tests in high school with the ACT test for juniors.
  • Released for 90-day public comment a draft update to the state's secondary social studies standards.
  • Addressed an issue involving the indirect cost pool that affects funding with the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation moving to the Utah Department of Workforce Services.

 

Board Moves to Conditionally Review Standards, Support End to Some SAGE Tests

 

Following an extended conversation with Gov. Gary R. Herbert, the Utah State Board of Education voted to begin a "comprehensive review and update" of English language arts and mathematics standards at the elementary and secondary levels -- contingent on receiving a one-time supplement from the Utah Legislature to cover the costs. The Board regularly reviews all academic standards in the state and has reviewed all language arts and math standards within the past three years. Additional funding is need to allow ongoing review of other content areas as previously planned.

Earlier this month, the Governor asked the Board to implement uniquely Utah standards in language arts and math and to end the use of the state's Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE) tests in high school and review their effectiveness in all grades in which it is used. The Board voted to support the elimination of SAGE tests in high school and substitute the use of the ACT college entrance exam in 11th grade. Utah currently requires all high school juniors to take the ACT. Statewide academic assessments are required under Utah law, so the elimination of assessments will require legislative action.

  

For additional information contact:

emilie[dot]wheeler[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Emilie Wheeler), Board Communication Specialist, at (801) 707-8421.   

 

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Board Releases Draft Secondary Social Studies Standards Update for Comment

The Utah State Board of Education voted to release a draft update to Secondary Social Studies Standards for 90-day public comment.

The draft update will be the subject of five public meetings to be held throughout the state during the next 90 days. The places and times for those meetings will be posted on the Utah State Office of Education electronic calendar as they are established.

 

For additional information contact:

robert[dot]austin[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Robert Austin), Social Studies Specialist, at (801) 538-7575.

jennifer[dot]throndsen[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Jennifer Throndsen), Teaching and Learning Coordinator, at (801) 538-7893.

rich[dot]nye[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Rich Nye), Deputy State Superintendent, at (801) 538-7550.

 

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Board Moves Proactively on USOR Indirect Cost Pool Issue

 

Earlier this year Utah Legislature voted to move regulatory oversight of the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation from the Utah State Board of Education to the Utah Department of Workforce Services. The Utah State Office of Education has charged the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation for services provided by the agency (finance, information technology, etc.). A review of accounts earlier this year discovered the State Office of Education has been overcharging the Office of Rehabilitation for these services, labeled the indirect cost pool, for several years. With Rehabilitation leaving the Board's control in October, the Board had to take action on the indirect cost pool.

The Board voted to immediately reduce charges to the Office of Rehabilitation for agency services and directed staff to reduce indirect cost pool-funded positions at the State Office of Education beginning in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

  

For additional information contact:

scott[dot]jones[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Scott Jones), Deputy Superintendent of Operations, at (801) 538-7514. 

 

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Board Looks to Create New Alternative Route to Licensure

 

The Utah State Board of Education directed staff to look into creating an academic path to teaching as part of the alternative routes to licensure

The Board will review a proposed new rule during its June meeting.

 

For additional information contact:

diana[dot]suddreth[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Diana Suddreth), Teaching and Learning Director, at (801) 538-7739.

travis[dot]rawlings[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Travis Rawlings), Educator Licensing Coordinator, at (801) 538-7601.

angela[dot]stallings[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Angela Stallings), Associate Superintendent for Policy and Communication, at (801) 538-7750.

 

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Board to Await Audit on Aspire SIS Before Deciding on Whether to Charge a Fee

Earlier this year, Utah's Free Market Protection and Privatization Board recommended the Utah State Board of Education charge school districts and charter schools for use of the state's Aspire student information system, a service which is now provided free of charge. The system is used by 20 school districts and 97 charter schools. Other districts and charter school either contract with private vendors for the service or provide it with in-house technical support.

The Utah State Board of Education voted to conduct an in-house audit on Aspire before taking any action on imposing a fee.

 

For additional information contact:

scott[dot]jones[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Scott Jones), Deputy Superintendent for Operations, at (801) 538-7514.

 

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Board Updated on History of Education Report and Ten-year Plan

In 2015 the Utah Legislature approved a statute requiring the Utah State Board of Education to prepare a history covering at least the most recent 15 years of the state's public education policy and to prepare a ten-year plan for the future.

The Board heard an update on this project from the Utah Education Policy Center and Rep. LaVar Christenen

   

For additional information contact:

angela[dot]stallings[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Angela Stallings), Associate Superintendent for Policy and Communication, at (801) 538-7550.

 

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Board Seeks Information for Districts, Charters on Federal Transgender Letter

The Utah State Board of Education directed its staff to draft a letter to assist school districts and charter schools in light of a guidance letter from the U.S. Department of Education on transgender student rights to school facilities.

Board leadership will review the letter before it is sent out.

  

For additional information contact:

emilie[dot]wheeler[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Emilie Wheeler), Board Communication Specialist, at (801) 707-8421.

 

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Tenth Grade Expansion Approved for Monticello Academy

The Utah State Board of Education approved a requested expansion to the tenth grade to serve up to 25 students for Monticello Academy charter school.

  

For additional information contact:

marlies[dot]burns[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Marlies Burns), State Charter School Director, at (801) 538-7817.   

   

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Board Preliminarily OKs 12 Rule Amendments and Two New Rules

More information about proposed rules and their most current drafts can be found here.

The Utah State Board of Education preliminarily approved the following rule amendments and new rules. Final approval will likely come during the Board's June 10 meeting.

 

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Board Approves Consent Calendar

The Board approved the consent calendar

 

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