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R277. Education, Administration.

Rule R277-711. High Quality School Readiness Expansion.

As in effect on October 1, 2019

Table of Contents

R277-711-1. 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;

(b) Subsection 53E-3-401(4), which allows the Board to make rules to execute the Board's duties and responsibilities under the Utah Constitution and state law;

(c) Section 53F-5-303, which requires the Board to make rules to:

(i) implement a grant program for LEAs to increase capacity in high-quality school readiness programs; and

(ii) create a tool to determine quality of a school readiness program; and

(d) Section 53F-5-304, which requires the Board to make rules to implement a grant program for home-based technology programs to provide high-quality school readiness programs.

(2) The purpose of this rule is to:

(a) designate the tool for the Superintendent to use in determining if a school readiness program is high quality; and

(b) designate procedures for an LEA to apply to the Board to receive grant money.

R277-711-2. Definitions.

(1) "Eligible LEA" means an LEA that provides a school readiness program that the Superintendent has determined to be a high-quality program consistent with procedures established in this Rule.

(2) "Program" means the high-quality school readiness expansion program established in Title 53F, Chapter 5, Part 3, Expanded Access to High Quality School Readiness Programs Act.

R277-711-3. Grant Applications - Timelines.

(1) The Superintendent shall:

(a) develop a grant application that allows an LEA to apply to participate in the program; and

(b) make the grant application available on the Board's website.

(2) An LEA may apply for a grant described in Section 53F-5-303 by submitting an application to the Superintendent on or before the date published on the Board's website.

(3)(a) An LEA may notify the Superintendent of the LEA's intention to apply for a grant at any time.

(b) If an LEA intends to be considered for a grant for the upcoming school year, the LEA shall submit a letter of intent by the deadline established by the Superintendent and published on the Board's website.

(4) For each year the Superintendent is authorized to solicit grant applications, the Superintendent shall publish a timeline on the Board's website by March 1, including a date for the application release, and due dates for the LEA to submit required materials.

(5) The Superintendent shall evaluate each application using the tool described in Section R277-711-4 to determine if the applying LEA is an eligible LEA.

(6) The Superintendent shall notify an eligible LEA of successful receipt of a grant by July 1.

R277-711-4. Superintendent and LEA Responsibilities - Tool to Determine Quality of an LEA School Readiness Program.

(1) The Superintendent shall create a tool to determine whether or not an LEA school readiness program may be designated as high quality.

(2) The tool described in Subsection (1) shall consist of the following components:

(a)(i) the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS) observational tool for an observer to rate a program through a site visit; or

(ii) another observational tool that the Superintendent trusts to be a reliable tool;

(b) an application from the LEA containing the high quality components described in 53F-6-304; and

(c) an on-site visit and interview with the Superintendent's designated staff.

(3) The Superintendent shall establish a scoring rubric for how the application will be evaluated, and make the rubric available to applicants.

(4) The Superintendent shall maintain a list of state-funded high-quality school readiness programs operating in each LEA's geographic boundaries, which have been designated as high quality through use of the tool.

(5) The Superintendent shall provide for a flag in a student's data file to indicate the type of state-funded high-quality school readiness program that the student participated in.

(6)(a) The Superintendent may require an LEA that receives program money to develop a corrective action plan and successfully implement the corrective action plan if the LEA fails to:

(i) comply with statutory provisions or the requirements of this Rule;

(ii) meet expected goals; or

(iii) maintain all the high-quality elements of the school readiness program.

(b) If an LEA fails to successfully implement a corrective action plan described in Subsection (6)(a), the Superintendent may discontinue or reduce funding of program grant monies to the LEA.

(7) The Superintendent shall administer the grant program for home-based technology providers as provided in Section 53F-5-304.

(8) The Superintendent shall administer and oversee the evaluation of the program as provided in Section 53F-5-307.


grants, school readiness program

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

October 11, 2016

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

Art X Sec 3; 53E-3-401(4); 53F-5-303; 53F-5-304

Additional Information


For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R277, please contact the promulgating agency (Education, Administration). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.