The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) makes annual accountability determinations for schools based on student academic outcomes and growth. As a state, we are also committed to using fair accountability models that differentiates the performance of schools. Each accountability system has different criteria of how school quality is measured. While the criteria and procedures are not expected to change significantly, it is possible that some of the procedures described below may have or will be changed. See Utah’s technical Manual for detailed information on the business rules of these three accountability systems:
Utah's Student Growth Percentiles (SGP) (YouTube)
Formerly Utah Comprehensive Accountability System (UCAS)
Phone: (801) 538-7651 | E-mail
The Assessment to Achievement Professional Learning program focuses on effectively using data to improve student achievement. School and district teams who participate in this two year program increase their own expertise in analyzing data and then use the analysis to inform instructional and program decisions that positively influence students and schools. The first cohort (45 schools) began in 2015. The second cohort (45 schools) began in May 2016. This program will provide a guaranteed two year opportunity with a possible extension up to four years if funding becomes available.
Project Literature: Building Capacity for Effective Use of Assessment Data
Books provided by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE)
Website resources from the Harvard Graduate School of Education:
Assessment to Achievement began in 2015 with 45 schools participating:
Phone: (801) 538-7654 | E-mail
Board Rule R277-404-9 requires the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) to provide direction to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) detailing the data exchange requirements for each assessment. This section is intended to give Assessment Directors access to resources, trainings, documentation, and tools in order to manage data for each assessment.
2017-2018 Assessment Core Codes
SAGE Special Codes
March 26, 2018
Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Data Gateway
Phone: (801) 538-7949 | E-mail
Utah State Board of Education (USBE)
Phone: (801) 538-7887 | E-mail
Formative Assessment Specialist
Assessment to Achievement Project Manager
Phone: (801) 538-7876 | E-mail
UTIPS Core was launched in 2011 in a collaborative effort between the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and the Utah Education Network (UEN). It is a centralized service that is highly focused on classroom assessments. It is built using HTML5 and CSS3 standards.
UTIPS Core is available to Utah Educators for use in all courses (e.g., Career and Technical Education (CTE), Social Studies, etc.). Educators may write their own items for use with their students. Assessments may also be shared across classrooms, schools, and Utah.
The UTIPS item pool was realigned to the 2013 Utah Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics, however new items have not been written.
All UTIPS accounts are accessible through regionally located servers.
Inquiries submitted to the old UTIPS help desk in December, 2016 are not accessible to USBE staff to respond to. Please resubmit your help desk inquiry to the new help desk email address if it has not yet been resolved.
Formative Testing Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7876 | E-mail