The Utah State Board of Education’s (USBEs) strategic plan provides a shared vision for the future of Utah’s education system. It identifies a vision for Utah students upon completion through a vision statement and the characteristics outlined in the Portrait of a Graduate. The plan further provides goals that reflect ambitious outcomes we aim for the system to deliver for each student and high-leverage strategies to align efforts toward impacting each goal. The plan also aligns USBE’s efforts internally as we focus on our mission of creating the conditions for equitable student success.
Vision: Upon completion, all Utah students are prepared to succeed and lead by having the knowledge and skills to learn, engage civically, and lead meaningful lives.
This vision for Utah students is also articulated through the Utah's Portrait of a Graduate, which identifies the ideal characteristics of a Utah graduate upon exiting the K-12 system. The Portrait of a Graduate serves as our north star for system transformation. As school districts and charter schools develop Portraits of a Graduate for their unique communities, we continue working through the implications of this vision for the design of our system at the state level. Our aim is to create the conditions for school systems throughout the state to intentionally deliver on this powerful vision.
Mission: The Utah State Board of Education leads by creating equitable conditions for student success: advocating for necessary resources, developing policy, and providing effective oversight and support.
The Board has adopted the following definition of equity to accompany its mission statement:
To gauge progress of the system toward our vision, we track several indicators at the system level. In 2017, the Board established ambitious 5-year targets for each of these indicators. These targets were set by determining the amount of progress necessary to get one-third of the way to 100% by 2022. A summary of progress toward achieving these targets is below. Note that statewide assessments were not administered in the spring of 2020 due to the pandemic. Readiness coursework data will be finalized soon.
For more information on the Education Elevated measures, including data definitions for each measure and progress broken out by student group, refer to the Utah State Board of Education Strategic Plan 2020 Implementation Update.
The strategic plan provides four goals for the education system. The goals are written as results statements reflecting an ambitious outcome we aim for the system to provide for each student. Utah State Board of Education's role in achieving these goals is to create the conditions at the state level to enable local education agencies and leaders to achieve them in schools and classrooms across the state.
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For more information on the goals, including The Why behind each goal and measures we are monitoring to track progress, refer to the Utah State Board of Education Strategic Plan 2020 Implementation Update.
The strategic plan identifies high-leverage strategies to align efforts toward impacting each goal.
For more information on the strategies, including a theory of change behind the strategy, and an update on implementation progress, refer to the Utah State Board of Education Strategic Plan 2020 Implementation Update.
The Utah State Board of Education Strategic Plan 2020 Implementation Update details progress on implementation, provides indicators we are tracking for each goal, and articulates a theory of change for each strategy. While the pandemic has impacted education in profound ways, and we adapt and learn in response, our vision of success for each student as articulated in the Utah's Portrait of a Graduate is more relevant than ever. Amidst the challenges of the pandemic, we have made significant progress, including: