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USBE Meetings - Summary

November 4, 2016

 

Highlights

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

 

Board Gives Preliminary Approval to Utah High School Activities Association Rule

The Utah State Board of Education gave its preliminary approval to an amended rule that would govern Utah public school participation in organizations like the Utah High School Activities Association.

The rule would allow more lenient transfers for students in freshman or junior varsity sports, but greater restriction in varsity sports.

The Board will look at making approval final during its December 2 meeting.

 

For additional information contact:

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

 

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Six Digital Teaching and Learning Grants Approved

The Utah State Board of Education gave provisional approval to the following Digital Teaching and Learning grant proposals:

 

For additional information contact:

sarah[dot]young[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Sarah Young), Digital Teaching and Learning Coordinator, at (801) 538-7808. 

diana[dot]suddreth[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Diana Suddreth), Teaching and Learning Director, at (801) 538-7788.

patty[dot]norman[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Patty Norman), Associate Superintendent of Student Achievement, at (801) 538-7760.

 

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Utah Public Schools Add 10,580 More Students in 2016

Utah public schools grew by 10,580 students to a total of 644,476 students, according to Oct. 1 enrollment figures released by the Utah State Board of Education. That amounts to a 1.67 percent growth rate for schools, slightly smaller than last year's 1.88 percent growth rate, but larger than 2014's 1.57 percent growth rate. Kindergarten student entering public schools during the past three years would have been born in the years 2008-2010 at the height of the great recession.

Charter schools now account for 71,494 students or 11 percent of public school enrollment. Charter school enrollment grew by 5.9 percent in 2016, down from a 9.84 percent growth rate in 2015 and 11.96 percent growth in 2014.

Alpine School District in Utah County continues to be Utah's largest school district with 77,343 students followed by Davis School District at 71,021 and Granite School District in Salt Lake County with 67,177. 

 

For additional information contact:

jaime[dot]barrett[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Jaime Barrett), Minimum School Program Coordinator, at (801) 538-7667.   

natalie[dot]grange[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Natalie Grange), Assistant Superintendent of Financial Operations, at (801) 538-7668.   

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

 

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Parental Exclusion Rate Rises to 5 Percent on 2016 SAGE Tests

The parental exclusion rate on 2016 SAGE assessments rose from 3.2 percent in 2015 to 5 percent in 2016, according to a report released by the Utah State Board of Education. The rate was 4.2 percent in district schools and 12.4 percent in charter schools. SAGE assessments are the annual tests used each spring to gauge student proficiency in language arts, math, and science.

  

For additional information contact:

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

rich[dot]nye[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Rich K. Nye), Deputy State Superintendent of Student Achievement, at (801) 538-7515.

 

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Board Reviews 15-year History of Public Education Policy, Programs

In response to 2015 legislation, the Utah State Board of Education contracted with the Utah Education Policy Center to produce a 15-year history of Utah education policies and programs. The report notes that the Utah Legislature passed 630 bills affecting K-12 education during those 15 years.

The report will also be presented in the Nov. 16 meeting of the Education Interim Committee.

  

For additional information contact:

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

   

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Board Gives Final Approval to Online Licensure Rule, LEA Code of Conduct Rule

The Utah State Board of Education gave final approval to new rules R277-512 Online Licensure and R277-517 LEA Code of Conduct Requirements.

The online licensure rule includes an online public licensure look-up tool in connection with educator licensing. The full Board also amended the rule to include "letter of reprimand" on line 156.

The local education agency (LEA) code of conduct rule requires district and charter schools to adopt codes of conduct for their employees.

 

For additional information contact:

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

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

 

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Board Approves Two Charter School Amendment Requests

The Utah State Board of Education approved the following charter school amendments:

 

For additional information contact:

rabecca[dot]cisneros[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Rabecca Cisneros), Charter School Specialist, at (801) 538-7990.

jennifer[dot]lambert[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Jennifer Lambert), State Charter School Director, at (801) 538-7767.   

 

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Board Preliminarily OKs Eight Rule Amendments, One New Rule, One Revocation

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 December 2 meeting.

 

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Board Approves Consent Calendar

The Board approved the consent calendar

 

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