Utah



State Governance

State Board of Education

The Utah state board of education consists of fifteen members, each serving a four-year term. Board members are elected by a non-partisan ballot.

The state board has the authority over:

  • Content Standards Adoption
  • Summative Assessments
  • Teacher Licensure
  • Appointing the Chief State School Officer

Governor

Gary Richard Herbert (R)

Chief State School Officer

Sydnee Dickson

State Context

State Demographics

Public Education Enrollment by Special Populations:

Free and Reduced Price Lunch: 37.0%

English Language Learners: 5.5%

Served by IDEA: 12.1%

 

2015 NAEP State Data

Reading scores for Grade 4 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Reading scores for Grade 4 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015, additional national average adata is included:

 

Mathematics scores for Grade 8 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Mathematics scores for Grade 8 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015, additional national average data is included:

 

Science scores for Grade 8 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Graduation Rates

Adjusted cohort graduation rate between 2011 and 2015:

Charter Schools

Year Charter School Law was Enacted: 1998

Number of Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: 110

Number of Students Served by Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: 61,435

Charter School Cap Law: Enrollment in charter schools in the 2015-16 school year may increase up to 8,450 students over the projected enrollment of 66,578 in the 2014-15 school year.

ESSA Plan & Implementation

Utah intends to submit its ESSA consolidated application to the U.S. Department of Education on September 18, 2017. Learn more about Utah’s ESSA approach.