Utah Officials Accept Participation Rate Provision as Part of Approval

Utah Officials Accept Participation Rate Provision as Part of Approval

July 14, 2018

According to Benjamin Wood in the Salt Lake Tribune, Utah schools are “poised to take a hit from parents who excuse their children from year-end tests.” After several requests for flexibility under ESSA’s participation rate provisions, the Utah Board of Education has “agreed to count opt-outs as students who took tests but failed in order to achieve a minimum participation rate of 95 percent.” Utah’s plan was approved last week by the U.S. Department of Education, “following several delays as the state requested and failed to receive a waiver from the participation requirements, or a one-year reprieve from ESSA’s mandate.”