In September 2017 Utah submitted its Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) for review. On December 14, 2017, ED requested clarifying or additional information to ensure Utah's state plan has met all statutory requirements. USBE resubmitted its ESSA plan on February 14, 2018 and will seek a waiver request as part of the plan. A marked-up version of Utah's plan that highlights changes made from the original submission can be found here.
USBE invites public comment on the proposed waiver request seeking an alternative method for calculating school accountability that takes into account Utah’s parental rights law that allows students to be opted out of statewide assessments.
ESSA reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation's education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students. ESSA aligns with existing tenets of USBE’s Strategic Plan and state law. It offers flexibility to use ESSA funding to achieve education equity, improve quality learning, and advance system values. ESSA funding will help Utah improve educational outcomes for students.
USBE submitted the plan following extensive involvement from stakeholders including parents, educators, and administrators.
Comparison of Select Elements of ESEA: No Child Left Behind v. Every Student Succeeds Act
Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
U.S. Department of Education: