The Utah State Board of Education's (USBEs) first imperative regarding educational excellence for each student is to:

  • Set the general statewide conditions in which each student can excel, including equity of educational opportunities and culturally responsive practices to promote each student's academic success and wellbeing.
  • Provide technical assistance, develop policies and administrative rules, and establish promising practices that promote high expectations and successful outcomes for each student.

Utah Laws Recognizing Constitutional Freedoms in the Schools

Educational Equity in Schools

Respect is acknowledging differences by looking for the good in everyone, including oneself, and showing due regard for feelings, rights, cultures and traditions (Utah’s Portrait of a Graduate, USBE, 2018). Educators and staff in P-12 classrooms must create safe places where students from all backgrounds can come together, learn, and be successful. In classrooms where there is student discourse, differing opinions are inevitable and help students gain a deeper understanding of the ideas and perspectives of others. Active student discourse prepares students to participate in a democratic society.

In August 2021, USBE Administration Rules approved R277-328: Educational Equity in Schools. This rule is intended to support school districts and charters with standards for educators and Local Education Agencies (LEAs) regarding professional learning, guidelines and requirements for curriculum, and classroom instruction on educational equity. To support LEAs and educators in successful implementation of this rule, the Teaching and Learning team are developing supportive resources for educators to help advance educational equity in every Utah classroom.

  • Four Keys for Successful Implementation: This resource shares four key themes we have curated from concerns shared with USBE leadership related to claims of Critical Race Theory (CRT) happening in classrooms. By employing these four keys to successful implementation, educators can increase their confidence in continuing to provide quality learning opportunities that respect each individual.
  • Creating Collaborative Norms in the Classroom: The intended purpose of this resource is to support educators and students in feeling supported through constructing a classroom culture with explicit norms and expectations for engagement and respectful participation
  • Policies and Resources Outlining Teacher Expectations
  • Orchestrating Productive Classroom Discussions: When orchestrating productive, respectful, and safe classroom discussions, it is essential to have ground rules, language frames, and discussion protocols to support students. This document shares some sample ground rules along with discussion language frames and protocols to assist teachers in facilitating discussions.

Dear Colleague Letters

When precedent-setting cases in the courts clarify specific elements of application of the law, the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) utilizes Dear Colleague Letters (DCL) and accompanying supplementary materials to help ensure that the general public understands how the decisions apply to schools, districts, and educational institution of higher learning.


Sexual Violence and Sexual Misconduct

Transgender Students


Gender Equity in Career Technology Education

Know Your Rights: Students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Preventing Racial Discrimination in Special Education

Fact Sheet: Preventing Racial Discrimination in Special Education

Restraint and Seclusion of Students with Disabilities

Rights of Children with Disabilities in Public Charter Schools

Transgender Students
Withdrawn: Refer to 2017 Transgender Students DCL.


Bullying of Students with Disabilities

Effective Communication for Students with Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities

Frequently Asked Questions on Effective Communication for Students with Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools

Meeting the Communication Needs of Students with Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities

Equal Access Regardless of Immigration Status

Equal Access to Educational Resources

Fact Sheet: Ensuring Students Have Equal Access to Educational Resources Without Regard to Race, Color, or National Origin

Guidance Issued on Responsibilities of Schools to Address Sexual Violence, Other Forms of Sex Discrimination
Guidance withdrawn and updated 9/22/2017

Guidance to Charter Schools

Juvenile Justice Residential Facilities

Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Meaningful Participation

Nondiscriminatory Administration of School Discipline

Title IX Coordinators


Equal Opportunity for Students with Disabilities to Participate in Extracurricular Athletics

Prohibition of Retaliation

Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act Guidance

Questions and Answers on the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 for Students with Disabilities Attending Public Elementary and Secondary Schools

Race and Ethnicity Data

Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC)

The CRDC collects a variety of information including student enrollment and educational programs and services, most of which is disaggregated by race/ethnicity, sex, limited English proficiency, and disability. The CRDC is a longstanding and important aspect of the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) overall strategy for administering and enforcing the civil rights statutes for which it is responsible. Information collected by the CRDC is also used by other education offices as well as policymakers and researchers outside of Education.

Enrollment/Membership Reports
Utah State Board of Education Data and Statistics 

The Utah State Board of Education collects and evaluates education data. The Data and Statistics department is primarily responsible for data quality and analyzing data related to education in Utah and supports the Board's strategic plan for excellence for each student by reviewing and auditing the states data collection, and compiles and analyzes a wide variety of information about schools, student progress, graduation rates, school districts, and other useful statistics and reports on the condition of Utah's education.

Student Health and Risk Prevention (SHARP) Survey Reports
Department of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH)

These reports summarize the findings from the Utah Prevention Needs Assessment Survey that is conducted as part of the SHARP Statewide Survey. The survey is administered every two years, to students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 in most public and certain charter school districts across Utah. The survey was designed to assess adolescent substance use, anti-social behavior, and the risk and protective factors that predict these adolescent problem behaviors.

Graduation Authentication

The Office of the Utah Lieutenant Governor

Guardianship of a Minor in Utah
Utah Juvenile Courts

Apostille or Non-Apostille Seals
Notary Division of the Governor's Office
Utah State Capital Complex, Suite 220
PO Box 142325
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114
Phone: (801) 538-1041
Monday through Thursday
Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Processing and authentication of documents stop at 5:30 p.m.

Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
Region VIII (Denver Office)
United States Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
Cesar East Chavez Memorial Building
1244 Speer Boulevard, Suite 310
Denver, Colorado 80204-3582
Phone: (303) 844-5695 | Fax: (303) 844-4303 | TDD: (877) 521-2172 | E-mail

Translation Services

7069 South Highland Drive, Suite 201
Salt Lake City, Utah 84021
Phone: (801) 944-4049 | E-mail

Linguistica International
4250 West 5415 South
Kearns, Utah 84118
Phone: (801) 262-4550 | Fax: (801) 262-4622 | E-mail

InSync Interpreters, LLC
9149 South Monroe Street, Suite C
Sandy, Utah 84070
Phone: (801) 838-8100 | Toll-Free: (866) 501-2002 | Fax: (800) 755-8357 | E-mail

Catholic Community Services of Utah
Rose Olivas
Phone: (801) 428-1229 | E-mail

Refugee and Immigrant Center Asian Association of Utah (AAU) Interpreting and Translation Services
Tung Tran
Phone: (801) 990-9449 | E-mail

Note: Effective Dates August 1, 2015 through July 30, 2020