DAR File No. 40677

This rule was published in the September 1, 2016, issue (Vol. 2016, No. 17) of the Utah State Bulletin.


Education, Administration

Rule R277-712

Competency-based Grant Programs

Notice of Proposed Rule

(New Rule)

DAR File No.: 40677
Filed: 08/15/2016 07:47:33 PM

RULE ANALYSIS

Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

This new Rule R277-712 is in response to S.B. 143, Competency-based Learning Amendments, from the 2016 General Session, which requires the Board to make rules that establish criteria for the Competency-based Grant Program.

Summary of the rule or change:

This new Rule R277-712 provides definitions, advisory committee membership and duties, grant application procedures and timelines, and describes the criteria for awarding planning grants.

Statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Art X, Sec 3
  • Section 53A-1-401
  • Section 53A-15-1803

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

Funding is provided by the 2016 Legislature, so there is likely no cost or savings to the state budget resulting from this new rule.

local governments:

Funding is provided by the 2016 Legislature, so there is likely no cost or savings to local government resulting from this new rule.

small businesses:

Funding is provided by the 2016 Legislature, so there is likely no cost or savings to small businesses resulting from this new rule.

persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:

Funding is provided by the 2016 Legislature, so there is likely no cost or savings to persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local government entities resulting from this new rule.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

LEAs will need to apply and be determined eligible to receive grant money, so there is likely no 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 this new rule.

Sydnee Dickson, State Superintendent

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Office of Administrative Rules, or at:

Education
Administration
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 [email protected]

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:

10/03/2016

This rule may become effective on:

10/10/2016

Authorized by:

Angela Stallings, Associate Superintendent, Policy and Communication

RULE TEXT

R277. Education, Administration.

R277-712. Competency-based Grant Programs.

R277-712-1. Authority and Purpose.

(1) This rule is authorized by:

(a) Utah Constitution Article X, Section 3, which vests general control and supervision over public education in the Board; and

(b) Section 53A-15-1803, which requires the Board to:

(i) define outcome-based measures for each type of grant awarded to LEA's;

(ii) establish a grant application process;

(iii) establish a review committee; and

(iv) adopt metrics to analyze the quality of a grant application; and

(c) Section 53A-1-401, which allows the Board to make rules to execute the Board's duties and responsibilities under the Utah Constitution and state law.

(2) The purpose of this rule is to:

(a) define outcome-based measures for each type of grant awarded to LEA's;

(b) establish a grant application process;

(c) establish a review committee; and

(d) adopt metrics to analyze the quality of a grant application.

 

R277-712-2. Definitions.

(1) "Advisory committee" means the advisory committee established by the Board in Section R277-712-3.

(2) "Grant program" means the same as that term is defined in Section 53A-15-1802.

 

R277-712-3. Competency-based Advisory Committee Membership and Duties.

(1) The advisory committee shall include the following ten individuals:

(a) the Deputy Superintendent of Instructional Services or the Deputy's designee, who is a non-voting member of the advisory committee;

(b) one member who is an expert in blended learning;

(c) one member who is an expert in STEM education;

(d) one member who is an expert in assessment of student learning;

(e) one member who is a former school district superintendent;

(f) one member who is a current school administrator;

(g) one member who is a current charter school administrator;

(h) one member who is a former LEA administrator;

(i) one member who is a current teacher; and

(j) one member who is a former teacher.

(2) In addition to the committee members described in Subsection (1), the advisory committee may select additional grant application reviewers to assist the advisory committee with the work described in Subsection (3).

(3) The advisory committee shall:

(a) establish metrics to analyze the quality of a grant application;

(b) review an LEA's planning grant application to determine whether the planning grant application:

(i) meets the criteria described in Section 53A-15-1804 and Section R277-712-5; and

(ii) should be selected by the Board as one of three LEAs to receive a planning grant;

(c) make a recommendation to the Superintendent and the Board on which grant applications should be selected by the Board; and

(d) perform other duties as directed by:

(i) the Board; or

(ii) the Superintendent.

(4) The advisory committee, or the Superintendent on behalf of the advisory committee, shall present the advisory committee's recommendations on grant applications to the Board for approval.

 

R277-712-4. Pre-grant Approval Requirements.

(1) Before an LEA submits a planning grant application to the advisory committee for approval by the Board, the LEA shall have at least two LEA representatives participate in the competency-based technical assistance training conducted by the Superintendent, including;

(a) the school district superintendent or charter school executive director; and

(b)(i) the LEA's curriculum director; or

(ii) the LEA's proposed competency-based education program manager.

(2) A member of an LEA's local school board or charter school governing board and other staff identified by the applying LEA may participate in the technical assistance training described in Subsection (1).

 

R277-712-5. Grant Application.

(1) An LEA may apply for a planning grant described in Section 53A-15-1804 by submitting an application to the Superintendent.

(2) The Superintendent shall:

(a) develop a grant application;

(b) set a deadline for the application to be submitted to the Superintendent; and

(c) make the grant application available to LEAs on the Board's website.

 

R277-712-6. Procedure and Requirements for Awarding a Planning Grant.

(1) The advisory committee and the Superintendent shall make recommendations to the Board based on:

(a) the criteria described in Subsection 53A-15-1804(2);

(b) the LEA's proposed budget for the LEA's competency-based program; and

(c) the LEA's outcome based measurements described in Subsection (2).

(2)(a) For a planning grant, an LEA shall include outcome-based measurements as part of the LEA's competency-based program to measure the performance of the LEA's plan.

(b) The outcome-based measurements described in Subsection (2)(a) shall include at least one measurement of student growth and proficiency.

(c) The outcome-based measurements described in Subsection (2)(a) may include:

(i) parent and student satisfaction with the LEA's competency-based program;

(ii) cost savings;

(iii) an increase in the LEA's graduation rate; and

(iv) number of credits earned by students through the competency-based program.

 

KEY: competency-based instruction, grant programs

Date of Enactment of Last Substantive Amendment: 2016

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: Art X Sec 3; 53A-15-1803; 53A-1-401


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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Angela Stallings at the above address, by phone at 801-538-7656, by FAX at 801-538-7768, or by Internet E-mail at [email protected].  For questions about the rulemaking process, please contact the Office of Administrative Rules.