DAR File No. 39984
This rule was published in the January 1, 2016, issue (Vol. 2016, No. 1) of the Utah State Bulletin.
School Grading System
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 39984
Filed: 12/08/2015 02:19:45 PM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
This rule is amended to provide a formula to calculate growth targets for each student to determine sufficient growth in response to S.B. 245 from the 2015 General Session. The formula is based on the statewide cohort of students with the same scale scores on a particular statewide assessment and used for comparison within the conditional distribution.
Summary of the rule or change:
The Student Growth Percentile (SGP) student growth formula for calculating student growth targets to determine sufficient growth is included in Rule R277-497.
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Article X, Section 3
- Section 53A-11-1107.5
- Section 53A-1-1113
- Section 53A-1-1104
- Subsection 53A-1-401(3)
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
The SGP student growth formula will calculate whether a student demonstrates sufficient growth for the 2015-16 school year and succeeding school years which likely will not result in a cost or savings to the state budget.
The SGP student growth formula will calculate whether a student demonstrates sufficient growth for the 2015-16 school year and succeeding school years for purposes of calculating a school's grade, which likely will not result in a cost or savings to local government.
The SGP student growth formula will calculate whether a student demonstrates sufficient growth for the 2015-16 school year and succeeding school years for purposes of calculating a school's grade, which likely will not result in a cost or savings to small businesses.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
The SGP student growth formula will calculate whether a student demonstrates sufficient growth for the 2015-16 school year and succeeding school years for purposes of calculating a school's grade, which likely will not result in a cost or savings to persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local government entities.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
The SGP student growth formula will calculate whether a student demonstrates sufficient growth for the 2015-16 school year and succeeding school years for purposes of calculating a school's grade, which likely will not result in any compliance costs for affected persons.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
To the best of my knowledge, there should be no fiscal impact on businesses resulting from the amendments to this rule.
Brad C. Smith, State Superintendent
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:Education
250 E 500 S
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84111-3272
Direct questions regarding this rule to:
- Angela Stallings at the above address, by phone at 801-538-7656, by FAX at 801-538-7768, or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:
This rule may become effective on:
Angela Stallings, Associate Superintendent, Policy and Communication
R277. Education, Administration.
R277-497. School Grading System.
R277-497-1. Authority and Purpose.
(1) This rule is authorized by:
(a) Utah Constitution Article X, Section 3, which vests general control and supervision of public education in the Board;
(b) Section 53A-1-1113, which directs the Board to adopt rules to implement a school grading system;
(c) Section 53A-1-1104, which authorizes the Board to make a rule to establish an accountability plan for an alternative school or special needs school that the Board has exempt from school grading; and
(d) Subsection 53A-1-401(3), which allows the Board to adopt rules in accordance with its responsibilities.
(2) The purpose of this rule is to provide consistent definitions, standards, and procedures for LEAs to report school data through a school grading system.
(1) "Alternative school" means the same as that term is defined in Section 53A-1-1102.
(2) "Special needs school" means a school that only enrolls a student that:
(a) has at least one of the following disabilities:
(i) an intellectual disability;
(ii) a hearing impairment or deafness;
(iii) a speech or language impairment;
(iv) a visual impairment, including blindness;
(vi) an emotional disturbance;
(vii) an orthopedic impairment;
(ix) developmental delay;
(x) traumatic brain injury;
(xi) other health impairment;
(xii) multiple disabilities; or
(xiii) specific learning disabilities; and
(b) has been determined to need placement in a special school by an IEP team.
(3) "Sufficient student growth" means a student
growth percentile of 40 or above.]
R277-497-3. Board Responsibilities.
(1) The Board may not count a student who does not participate in required testing under Section 53A-1-603 due to parent excuse provisions of Subsection 53A-15-1403(9) and Section R277-404-6 in determining the participation rate for purposes of school grades.
(2) The Board and LEAs shall take necessary actions within their authority to satisfy Subsection 53A-15-1403(9)(b).
R277-497-4. LEA Responsibilities.
(1) An LEA shall provide accurate and timely data as required under Rule R277-484 to allow for the development of the school reports.
(2) An LEA shall use the school reports as a communication tool to inform parents and the community about school performance.
(3) An LEA shall ensure that the school reports are available for all parents.
R277-497-5. School Responsibilities.
(1) A school shall provide data for the school report as provided in Rule R277-484.
(2) A school shall cooperate with the Board and LEAs to ensure that the school report is available for all parents.
R277-497-6. Exemption from School Grading.
(1)(a) As authorized by Section 53A-1-1104, an alternative school or a special needs school may submit a request for an exemption from school grading for the next three school years to the Board by July 1.
(b) The request shall demonstrate that:
(i) the school meets the definition of an alternative school or a special needs school;
(ii) the school has the approval of:
(A) the school's LEA governing board; or
(B) if the school is the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, the USDB advisory committee; and
(iii) if the school has received an exemption for a previous school year, the school has timely submitted to the Superintendent all information necessary for the Board to evaluate the school as required by Section 53A-1-1104.
(2)(a) The Board shall exempt a school from school grading if the school meets the requirements of Subsection (1).
(b) Except as provided by Subsection (2)(c), an exemption from school grading is valid for three school years.
(c) The Board may revoke an exemption if a school fails to timely submit to the Superintendent all information necessary for the Board to annually evaluate the school in accordance with the accountability plan.
R277-497-7. Accountability Plan -- General Provisions.
(1)(a) This rule incorporates by reference the Guide to Utah's Comprehensive Accountability System for Alternative Schools - June 6, 2014, which describes the accountability plan required by Section 53A-1-1104, with the exceptions for a special needs school described in Section R277-497-8.
(b) The Superintendent shall annually evaluate a school in accordance with the accountability plan by calculating a school's composite score, which has a maximum value of 1500, by summing the school's weighted indicator scores.
(2) The accountability plan consists of five indicators weighted as follows:
(a) growth, which measures student academic progress based on a school's median student growth percentile for all students and below proficient students, is 20% with a maximum score of 300;
(b) attendance, which is the higher of a school's attendance rate in the current year or improvement in cohort attendance rate from the previous year, is 25% with a maximum score of 375;
(c) credit earning, which measures the degree to which a student enrolled in the current year is successfully completing courses in which the student is enrolled or is making improvement in cohort credit earning rate from the previous year, is 25% with a maximum score of 375;
(d) attainment, which measures the extent to which a student successfully completes or make substantial progress toward completion of meaningful educational goals, is 20% with a maximum score of 300; and
(e) school climate, which measures whether a school is collecting data to evaluate school climate and using results to inform efforts to improve climate, is ten percent with a maximum score of 150.
(3) The Superintendent shall assign the scores based on the rubrics established in the guide.
R277-497-8. Accountability Plan Exceptions.
(1) At the request of a special needs school, the Superintendent may exempt a student from the attendance indicator score calculation if the student has a documented medical condition that prevents the student from attending 160 days of school.
(2) In accordance with a Section 53A-1-111, a student with a disability may take an alternative assessment to determine the student's growth instead of the Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence.
(3) If required by Section R277-410-5, a special needs school shall report on the school's progress on the school's accreditation improvement plan in the School Snapshot section of the school's report card published by the Superintendent under Subsection 53A-1-1104(5)(b)(ii).
KEY: school reports,
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
Notice of Continuation: August 13, 2015
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: Art X, Sec 3; 53A-1-1104; 53A-1-1113; 53A-1-401(3)
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