USBE Meetings - Summary

June 2, 2017



In its June 2 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education:

  • Discussed the progress of public schools and education governance with Gov. Gary R. Herbert.
  • Prioritized an audit of school fees among district and charter schools to look at equity and access issues for students.
  • Agreed to exclude high school junior SAGE and ACT test results this year where schools could choose between the tests. The ACT scores will be used for school accountability reports beginning with the 2017-18 school year. 
  • Ratified the appointment of Patty Norman as Deputy Superintendent of School Achievement.


Governor Herbert, Board Discuss Utah Education Issues

Gov. Gary R. Herbert visited the Utah State Board of Education as one of his regular visits to discuss a variety of statewide education issues. Among the issues discussed were the growing student population, education funding, teacher retention and recruitment, civic education, and academic standards. The governor praised the education community for increased graduation rates and standardized test scores. He expressed a hope that the public better understand the different Constitutional responsibilities of the State Board and the Governor.



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Board to Look at School Fees with an Eye on Equity and Access

As part of its school fees rule, the Utah State Board of Education sought additional information on school fees charged by district and charter schools and how those fees impact access and equity for public school students. The Board prioritized an internal audit of fees to be presented at a later meeting.


For additional information contact:

debbie[dot]davis[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Debbie Davis), Internal Audit Director, at (801) 538-7639. 

benjamin[dot]rasmussen[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Benjamin Rasmussen), School Law Director, at (801) 538-7835. 

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

bquesenberry[at]utah[dot]gov(Bryan Quesenberry), Deputy Attorney General, at (801) 538-7885. 


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Patty Norman Named Deputy Director of Student Achievement

The Utah State Board of Education ratified the appointment of Patty Norman as Deputy State Superintendent of Student Achievement effective July 1, 2017. She has been Assistant Superintendent of Student Achievement since the summer of 2016 and will replace Rich K. Nye who has been named superintendent of the Ogden School District effective July 1.

Norman previously served as director of curriculum and instruction at the Davis School District.


For additional information contact:

emilie[dot]wheeler[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Emilie Wheeler), Public Information Officer, at (801) 707-8421. 


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High School Juniors Excluded in Fall 2017 School Accountability

Utah is moving from the use of SAGE testing to ACT testing for high school juniors. During the 2016-17 school year, schools had the option of using SAGE tests for high school juniors. Because there is a discrepancy this year between schools who used SAGE tests and those who didn't, the Utah State Board of Education agreed to exclude 11th grade SAGE testing results from school accountability reports in this academic year. 


For additional information contact:

joellen[dot]schaeffer[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Jo Ellen Shaeffer), Assessment Director, at (801) 538-7811. 

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


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Board Votes to Keep Aspire Student Information System in Its Current State

The Utah State Board of Education agreed to maintain the Aspire student information system and not charge districts or charter schools for its use. The matter became a topic of discussion following a state audit earlier this year.


For additional information contact:

brent[dot]page[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Brent Page), Information Technology Director, at (801) 538-7759. 

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


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Board Agrees to Resolve Dual Language Immersion Program Financial Audit Issues

The Utah State Board of Education agreed to use $213,500 of state dual language immersion (DLI) funds to reimburse preauthorized expenditures from a federal DLI grant and to hold an additional $800,000 in reserve in anticipation of a potential federal audit of the program.

Earlier this year, a state audit found problems with the program


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 OKs Extension of Provo District Agreement for Utah State Hospital Services 

Utah law requires the Utah State Board of Education provide education services for children younger than 21 who are in the care of the Utah State Hospital. In the past the Board had an agreement with the Provo School District to provide those services. That agreement expires on June 30, 2017.

The Board voted to extend that agreement with Provo for one more year, but also begin studying other options for providing those services in the future.


For additional information contact:

steve[dot]kaelin[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Steve Kaelin), Alternative Education Services Specialist, at (801) 538-7849. 

carol[dot]anderson[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Carol Anderson), Special Education Specialist, at (801) 538-7727. 

marty[dot]kelly[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Marty Kelly), Alternative Education Coordinator, at (801) 538-7824. 

glenna[dot]gallo[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Glenna Gallo), Special Education Director, at (801) 538-7546. 

patty[dot]norman[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Patty Norman), Assistant Superintendent of Student Achievement, at (801) 538-7515. 


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Board Gives Final OK to 16 Administrative Rule Changes, 4 New Rules, 6 Repeals

The Utah State Board of Education took final action on the following administrative rules:


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Board Takes Preliminary Action on 14 Board Rules

The Utah State Board of Education took preliminary action on the following rules. More information about the rules and the most recently updated version of the rules can be found here. Final action will likely come during the Board's July 14 meeting.


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Board Approves Consent Calendar

The Board approved consent calendar items.




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