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September 5, 2014 Meeting

 

Briefly

In its Sept. 5, 2014 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education:

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Board Sets Proficiency Level Cut Scores for State's New SAGE Assessments

This spring Utah initiated new computer-adaptive end-of-year assessments -- SAGE tests -- in math, language arts and science for students in grades 3-11. These new tests are based on academic standards that the Board made more rigorous in 2010. The new assessments are also more rigorous and since they are computer-adaptive, they are also better at pinpointing academic performance.

Following this spring's new assessments 200 Utah teachers and other stakeholders met to make recommendations on setting proficiency cut scores in each of the subjects for each of the grade levels. The cut scores will determine if a student's test score in a particular subject is either:

  • Level 1, below proficient
  • Level 2, approaching proficient
  • Level 3, proficient, or
  • Level 4, highly proficient

The Board accepted the recommendations of the stakeholders on cut scores. The Utah State Office of Education will now take the cut scores and apply them to student assessment scores from this spring to determine how well students did. That information will be released later this fall.

Learn more about the process for setting the SAGE proficiency level cut scores here.

 

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.

Joellen[dot]Shaeffer[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Jo Ellen Schaeffer), Assessment and Accountability Director, at (801) 538-7811.

 

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Board Supports Gov. Herbert's Proposed School Report Card

Following a discussion with Gov. Gary R. Herbert and a presentation from Tami Pyfer, Governor's Education Advisor, the Utah State Board of Education voted unanimously to support the Governor's PACE School Report Card concept and template. The Board directed Utah State Office of Education staff to begin work to have the report card replace UCAS.

The report card will align to the Gov. Herbert's PACE 66% by 2020 plan. 

 

For Additional Information

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

 

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Board Approves Resolution on Federal Land Management Policy


The Utah State Board of Education approved a resolution on federal land management policy, particularly as it pertains to productivity of trust lands in the state. 

For Additional Information

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


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Board Reviews Reports on Utah School Program Performance

The Board reviewed the following reports on various programs within the state's public education system:

 

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Board Gives Preliminary Approval to One Rule Change, One Conceptual Rule

The Utah State Board of Education gave preliminary approval to the following new rule and rule change. Final approval will likely come during the Board's October 3 meeting:

 

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MyOptions Charter School Amendment

The Utah State Board of Education voted to reconsider a request from MyOptions at its October meeting. MyOptions, a K-8 online charter school wants to add grades 9-12 and 100 students in the 2015-16 school year.

 

For Additional Information

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


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Board Approves Consent Calendar

The Utah State Board of Education approved the consent calendar.

 

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