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Utah State Board of Education 2019 Meeting Schedule

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In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), persons needing auxiliary communicative aids and services for these meetings should contact Board Secretary Lorraine Austin at (801) 538-7517 or via e-mail at lorraine.austin@schools.utah.gov, giving at least three working days' notice.

All regular meetings will be held at the Utah State Board of Education, 250 East 500 South, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84111. Times are subject to change.

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Meeting Summary 

October 3, 2019 Meeting

The Utah State Board of Education:

  • Reviewed analysis that showed 2019 spring RISE testing data was valid, but agreed to engage with legislators to identify flexibilities in state accountability given the irregularities that took place in schools during the testing window.
  • Updated budget and policy priorities ahead of the 2021 General Session of the Utah Legislature.
  • Accepted reports and recommendations from the Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission (UPPAC) Task Force and English Learner Task Force.

USBE Board Members

Studies: ’19 RISE Test Data Valid; Flexibility Sought

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) reviewed internal and external analyses that found that results from this spring’s RISE tests are valid and can be used for statewide school accountability. However, given that delivery system irregularities could have impacted an individual school’s results, USBE will engage with legislators to identify flexibilities from state accountability requirements, including the assignment of letter grades and identifying schools for improvement. USBE also will include a disclaimer on the school accountability/report card web page, also known as the dashboard, indicating that interruptions occurred during testing.

For additional information, please contact:

Darin Nielsen
Assistant Superintendent of Student Learning
Phone: (801) 538-7811 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Board Updates Legislative Priorities

The Utah State Board of Education updated both its budgetary priorities and policy priorities ahead of the 2020 General Session of the Utah Legislature. Among the items the Board will be seeking are a 6 percent increase in weighted-pupil unit funding for district and charter schools and investments in school leadership development and early  learning to help further the Board’s Strategic Plan.

For additional information, please contact:

Scott Jones 
Deputy Superintendent of Operations
Phone: (801) 538-7514 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Angela Stallings 
Deputy Superintendent of Policy
Phone: (801) 538-7550 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Jeffrey Van Hulten 
Policy Advisor
Phone: (801) 538-7521 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Board Considers Changes to Teacher Discipline Process

The Utah State Board of Education accepted recommendations from its Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission (UPPAC) Task Force. The task force was directed to investigate the following items:

  1. The role of the overall fairness of the UPPAC process from flagging to final action and notification;
  2. The role of proportionality and consistency;
  3. The role of aggravating and mitigating factors: do presumptions act as a floor/ceiling and how do the aggravating/mitigating factors affect that;
  4. Is the Board like an appeals board (i.e., only reviews UPPAC recommendations)? If not, should the Board take evidence, briefing, and hold hearings;
  5. Is an appeal to the Superintendent necessary for judicial review?
  6. Consideration of credit for time served;
  7. Consideration of the recommendations of the recent audit on UPPAC reporting by the State Auditor

For additional information, please contact:

Benjamin Rasmussen
Law and Professional Practices Director
Phone: (801) 538-7835 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Angela Stallings
Deputy Superintendent of Policy
Phone: (801) 538-7550 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Board Seeks Improvements for English learner students

The Utah State Board of Education voted to accept the recommendations of its English Learner Task Force. Among the recommendations:

  • Gather information from district and charter schools on barriers to course grade forgiveness and equitable access to early college course taking opportunities.
  • New options for increasing equitable access to language instruction to academic content in a student’s grade or course level, including recognitions, incentives, requirements.
  • New options for encouraging district and charter schools to distribute funds to schools based on student need.

For additional information, please contact:

Christelle Estrada 
Title III Education Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7888 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Kim Fratto 
Effective Instruction Coordinator
Phone: (801) 538-7716 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Patty Norman
Deputy Superintendent of Student Learning
Phone: (801) 538-7515 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Lakeview Academy Granted Waiver to Delay Opening to 2021

The Utah State Board of Education granted a waiver request from Lakeview Academy to delay its opening until August 22021. Under administrative rule, charter schools must open within 36 months of approval. Lakeview Academy contends it will face undo financial burden to open before August 2021.

For additional information, please contact:

Jennifer Lambert 
State Charter School Director
Phone: (801) 538-7676 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Michelle Beus 
Assistant Attorney General
Phone: (801) 538-7820 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

K-5 Computer Science Standards Approved

The Utah State Board of Education approved new K-5 Computer Science Standards. Grounded in Utah’s Computer Science K-12 Framework, the new standards aim to prepare K-5 students in keyboarding, appropriate and responsible use of technology, and basic coding principles.

For additional information, please contact:

Ashley Higgs 
K-8 Career and Technical Education Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7594 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Thalea Longhurst 
Career and Technical Education Director
Phone: (801) 538-7889 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Patty Norman 
Deputy Superintendent of Student Achievement
Phone: (801) 538-7550 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Board Approves New Rule, Amendments

USBE approved the following Administrative Rule changes.

Consent Calendar Approved

USBE Consent Calendar
(External Web Content)
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Highlights from Friday’s Committee Meetings

USBE Board Committees 
Finance Committee, Law and Licensing Committee, and Standards and Assessment Committee will meet on October 4, 2019 beginning at 1 p.m.

 Meeting Agendas
(External Web Content)
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Committee items approved Friday will be heard by the full Board during its November 7, 2019 meeting.

Those who wish to comment on pending Administrative Rules or rule changes of existing rules are invited to contact us via e-mail at  rule.comments@schools.utah.gov(External Web Content).

Highlights of the Finance Committee(External Web Content) meeting include:

Highlights of the  Law and Licensing Committee(External Web Content) meeting include:

Highlights of the  Standards and Assessment Committee(External Web Content) meeting include:

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