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April 4, 2014 Meeting

 

Briefly

In its April 4, 2014 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education:

  • Agreed to send out to school districts and charter schools a model child nutrition program charge policy that emphasizes communication with parents and avoiding embarrassing students whose lunch accounts are in arrears.
  • Set up a nine-member committee to begin the search for a new State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
  • Agreed not to count students who opt out of this spring's SAGE tests in English language arts, math and science against the participation rates of schools for purposes of state testing accountability.

View a recording of the Board meeting.

 

Model Child Nutrition Program Charges Policy Sent for Review

The Utah State Board of Education will send out a draft model policy on child nutrition program charges to school districts and charter schools for their review before final passage scheduled for the Board's May 9 meeting.

The model policy is based on best practice and would be available for districts and charters to use and adapt to best meet the needs of their students.

The policy puts emphasis on communication with parents about student breakfast and lunch account balances and on not embarrassing students when those accounts are in arrears.

 

For Additional Information

kimberly[dot]loveland[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Kimberly Loveland), Assistant Child Nutrition Programs Director, at (801) 538-7684.

kathleen[dot]britton[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Kathleen Britton), Child Nutrition Programs Director, at (801) 538-7513.

bruce[dot]williams[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Bruce Williams), Associate Superintendent for Business Services, at (801) 538-7514.

 

 

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Committee Formed to Search for New State Superintendent

The Utah State Board of Education formed a committee to begin the search for a new State Superintendent of Public Instruction following a March announcement from Martell Menlove indicating he would retire, but would continue to serve until a replacement can be found. Members of the committee include:

No initial meeting date was set nor a time frame for naming a replacement. Past superintendent searches have included candidate interviews with stakeholders representing the Governor's Office, Legislature, school district, charter schools, superintendents, principals, teachers and parents.

 

For Additional Information

brenda[dot]hales[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Brenda Hales), Deputy Superintendent, at (801) 538-7515.

 

 

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Board: SAGE Opt-outs Won't Count Against Participation for State Accountability

To meet the spirit of a new statute approved by the Legislature earlier this year, the Utah State Board of Education voted to alter policy and not count students who opt out of spring SAGE testing in English language arts, math and science against participation rates for purposes of state accountability reports. Previously students who opted out of testing -- as opposed to being sick or otherwise absent on the day of testing -- were considered to have not participated. Both state and federal accountability reports require that 95 percent of students in a school be tested annually in core subjects.

The Board's action does not affect federal accountability reports, which still require 95 percent participation and do not make an exception for students who opt out.

 

For Additional Information

judy[dot]park[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Judy Park), Associate Superintendent for Student Services and Federal Programs, at (801) 538-7550.

  

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Board Gives Tentative Approval to Two Rule Amendments 

The Utah State Board of Education gave tentative approval to the following rule changes. Final approval will likely come during the Board's May 9 meeting:

 

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Board Reviews Information Technology, Data and Statistics Practices

The Utah State Board of Education reviewed its current practices for information technology and data and statistics involving public school and student data. The Board voted to audit the processes to better inform itself on practice. 

For Additional Information

judy[dot]park[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Judy Park), Associate Superintendent for Student Services and Federal Programs, at (801) 538-7550.

 

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Board OKs Utah Participation in Test Question Sharing with Other States

Utah was recently offered the chance to share questions -- more properly referred to as "items" -- from its SAGE assessments on English Language arts and math with other states who are creating their own end-of-level tests.

Florida, who recently opted to create its own year-end tests, has contracted with Utah for access to some of Utah's items. Florida will pay Utah $5.4 million for that license. The Board gave approval for the Utah State Office of Education to look for other such licensing opportunities as other states initiate new tests. 

 

For Additional Information

judy[dot]park[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Judy Park), Associate Superintendent for Student Services and Federal Programs, at (801) 538-7550.

 

 

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Four New Charter Schools Approved for 2015-16 School Year

The Utah State Board of Education approved the following charter schools for the 2015-16 school year:

  • Terra Academy, a K-12 school in the Uintah School District.
  • GreenWood, a K-6 school in the Ogden School District.
  • Vanguard Academy, a 7-12 school in the Granite School District.
  • MyOptions, a statewide K-12 school. 

For Additional Information

marlies[dot]burns[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Marlies Burns), Charter School Director, at (801) 538-7871.

brenda[dot]hales[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Brenda Hales), Deputy Superintendent, at (801) 538-7515.

 

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Board Approves English Learner Master Plan

The Utah State Board of Education approved an update of the state's English Learner Master Plan. The plan gives guidance to educators on English learner instruction.

 

For Additional Information

jose[dot]enriquez[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Jose Enriquez), Title III Coordinator, at (801) 538-7733.

karl[dot]wilson[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Karl Wilson), Title I Director, at (801) 538-7509.

brenda[dot]hales[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Brenda Hales), Deputy Superintendent, at (801) 538-7515.

 

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Board Approves Consent Calendar

The Utah State Board of Education approved the consent calendar with some changes to Rule R277-477 Distribution of Funds from the Interest and Dividend Account and Administration of the School LAND Trust Program (link to be provided later).

 

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