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Utah Survey to Determine Why Students Opt Out of Assessments

Utah’s State School Board’s internal auditors are planning to conduct an audit to “determine why growing numbers of Utah schoolchildren have opted out of standardized testing in recent years,” Marjorie Cortez writes for KSL news. The state’s opt-out rate was a “sticking point” in winning...

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Feds Deny Utah Waiver Request, State Asks for One-Year Reprieve

Marjorie Cortez reports for the Deseret News that, after the U.S. Department of Education rejected Utah’s request to receive a waiver regarding testing requirements, the state will ask the department “for a one-year reprieve from a federal requirement that 95 percent of students participate in...

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Governor, State Super Discuss Waiver with DeVos

According to the Deseret News, Utah Governor Gary Herbert and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sydnee Dickson recently met with Secretary DeVos to “discuss Utah’s proposed waiver from some student testing requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.”

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Utah Board Feeling Flirty with Federal Funding

According to the Salt Lake City Tribune, the Utah Board of Education has voted to request a waiver to for ESSA’s requirement that public-school students take part in annual assessments. But some board members went even farther, arguing that the state should “intentionally reject those...

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Georgia, Utah, and Puerto Rico Plans Sent Back

Sec. DeVos issued additional feedback for three state ESSA plans. Alyson Klein notes that it is “unclear” if states need to revise plans based on feedback, and that some states in the spring “got the federal seal of approval even if they didn’t change things the...

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UT Board of Ed Approved State’s ESSA Plan

The Utah Board of Education has approved the state’s ESSA plan, which “includes the state strategic plan, Education Elevated, as well the public school accountability plan outlined in SB220 passed by the Utah Legislature earlier this year.”

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