Welcome to Educator Effectiveness

The purpose of the Educator Effectiveness Team is to create a system for continuous growth that aligns to the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Board Strategic Plan. The essential characteristics of this system include accountability, transparency, feedback, and flexibility. We ensure the quality of this system through effective professional learning and personalized support.

Educator Excellence Plan 
USBE Teaching and Learning


The Effective Educator Standards are a description of highly effective teaching and leading as adopted by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE). The standards provide a resource for educators throughout the state of Utah to analyze and prioritize expectations for high quality instruction.

Revised Standards

Utah Educational Leadership Standards
Revised and Adopted by USBE on May 3, 2018

These new standards will be fully implemented in the 2019-2020 school year. Until then the previous standards will remain in force. Educator Effectiveness staff will be conducting professional development on the new standards, creating a Model Principal Evaluation System, and adding ancillary documents throughout the 2018-2019 school year.

Effective Teaching Standards

Utah Effective Teaching Standards: Booklet

Utah Effective Teaching Standards: Chart

Effective Leadership Standards

Utah Educational Leadership Standards: Booklet

Utah Educational Leadership Standards: Chart


R277-530: Utah Effective Educator Standards 
Utah Office of Administrative Rules

Title 53G-11: Employees
Utah State Legislature

Educator Awards and Incentive Programs

Utah Teacher of the Year Award (UTOY)

The UTOY is part of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) National Teacher of the Year Program. It began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that focuses on public attention on excellence in teaching.

2018 Utah Teacher of the Year
Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Teaching and Learning

T.H. Bell Teaching Incentive Loan (TIL) Program

The Teaching Incentive Loan is funded by the Utah State Legislature and is administered by the State Board of Regents. USBE receives and assesses applications from senior students from any high school in the state of Utah. Recipients are required to pursue an educator preparation program, obtain educator licensing, and then teach in Utah public schools for a period equal to the time they received assistance. The TIL consists of a waiver covering up to the cost of tuition and fees at Utah Institutions of Higher Education offering approved teacher preparation programs. TIL is to be used for a period not exceeding 8 semesters.




Acceptable Documents for the TIL Application

1. American College Test (ACT)/Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) Reports:

USBE requires the report to be submitted and scores on school transcripts will not be considered as evidence of full report. Color copy of original is acceptable. Not required to be in sealed envelope.

2. High School Transcripts:

  • A copy of high school transcripts must be presented with the submission in a sealed envelope from the school to be valid.




TIL Program Contacts


Educator Professional Performance

Utah Measurement for Educational Leadership Tool
Leadership Tool

Utah Teaching Observation Tool (Version 4.0)
Teaching Tool

Student Growth

Utah Code and Board Rule require Student Growth to be measured with these three components:

  • Learning goals measuring long-term outcomes linked to the appropriate specific content knowledge and skills from the Utah Core Standards;
  • Assessments; and
  • Targets for incremental monitoring of student growth.

For further information on student growth, please contact your district’s office.

Stakeholder Input

Utah Code and Board Rule require Stakeholder Input from:

  • Students and Parents for Educator Evaluations
  • Students, Parents, and Staff for Administrator Evaluations

For further information on student growth, please contact your district’s office.


Utah Office of Administrative Rules:

Title 53G-11: Employees
Utah State Legislature

Title IIA

Purpose and Description

The purpose of the program is to increase academic achievement by improving teacher and principal quality. This program is carried out by:

  • increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in classrooms,
  • increasing the number of highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools, and
  • increasing the effectiveness of teachers and principals by holding Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and schools accountable for improvements in student academic achievement. 

Title IIA Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Preliminary Allotments
Preliminary allotted amounts for Title IIA funds on the local school level.


United States Department of Education:

Entry Years Enhancements (E.Y.E)/Mentoring

This program is currently under review by the Utah Board’s Licensing Task Force.

E.Y.E. is a structured support program for Level 1 educators as they fulfill the requirements for a Level 2 professional license. It provides level 1 educators with school, district, and state support for a three-year period. All educators are required to participate and all requirements must be completed within the first three years of service.

New Teachers

Educator Licensing
Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Teaching and Learning

Utah’s Support and Enhancement Program for Level 1 Educators

All information for licensing can be obtained through the link below or please call our Licensing Desk at (801) 538-7740.

Mentor Coordinators

Our 2018-2019 scheduled meetings for coordinators are specified below. If you are a Mentor Coordinator, and have not received communications from our team, please contact our department for more information. 

February 20, 2019
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Utah State Board of Education
250 East 500 South
Salt Lake City, Utah

April 29, 2019
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Utah State Board of Education
250 East 500 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 

National Board Certification

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) leads the way in making teaching a profession that is dedicated to student learning, while upholding high standards for professional performance. National Board Certification is a demonstration of a candidate's teaching practice as measured against high and rigorous standards.

Becoming a Board Certified Teacher through NBPTS

NBPTS emphasize that accomplished teachers in every field and at every level are aware of what they do and why they are doing it as they teach. These standards represent a consensus among accomplished teachers and educational experts about what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. To apply for these credentials, please visit the NBPTS National Board Certification website.

Application Fees and Teacher Salary Supplement Program (TSSP) Eligibility

  1. Teachers currently teaching in Utah schools who complete the NBPTS Certification after July 1, 2016 may apply for reimbursement of the Initial Application Program fees.
  2. Reimbursement is also available for certificate renewal expenses. Note: Funds are limited and are awarded on a first come first served basis.
  3. NBPTS National Board Certified Teachers that are currently teaching in Utah classrooms may also be eligible to receive the TSSP annual salary supplement.

For more information on reimbursements available, visit the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) TSSP website.


Utah National Board Coalition (NBCT)


David Smith
Phone: (801) 538-7766 | E-mail

Teacher Leader

The Hope Street Teacher Fellowship Group

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Effectiveness Team is happy to work with the Utah Teacher Fellows, experienced professionals with 3 to 28 years in classrooms. The fellows will engage their educator peers and submit teacher-led solutions to USBE to inform policy and practice.

Hope Street Group: Utah

Projects are based on Senate Bill (S.B.) 51: Teacher Leader Role from the 2016 Utah State Legislative Session.


R277-513: Teacher Leader
Utah Office of Administrative Rules

Title 53E-6-902: Teacher Leaders
Utah State Legislature


David Smith
Phone: (801) 538-7766 | E-mail

Educator Effectiveness Team

Jeannie Rowland
Phone: (801) 538-7923 | E-mail

David Smith
Phone: (801) 538-7766 | E-mail

Lana Kopecky
Executive Secretary
Phone: (801) 538-7751 | E-mail