USBA's monthly newsletter for September 2014. Headlines include: NSBA News, Frequently Asked Questions, etc...
The Board Bulletin September 2014


NSBA News - JoDee Sundberg

The work of the NSBA advocacy mission is going forth. There have been a few changes with the hire of Michael C. Zola, Associate Executive Director Federal Advocacy and Public Policy. Michael is working with the NSBAC board in which I serve in creating the political arm of NSBA as an advocate for State Associations and public education issues on the federal level. He will continue working with the Senate and House in Congress with a response to our two bills on local control. He is also working on the ESEA Reauthorization of NCLB. This is a critical issue facing all of us in public education.

As I serve on the national level I reflect on what should we be doing as state associations and even more important our work as local school board members. Currently in Utah we are hearing many different voices on what should happen in our schools and how and what our students should be taught. We are the elected board members, elected by our communities and it is our responsibility to work together as a board to ensure the best opportunities are happening for our students, that we are fiscally responsible, and that after listening to the many voices, taking action as a board to allow our instructional leaders, teachers, and staff do their job with the best tools and training possible.

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Utah Does Well on New ACT Report

Check out this article from NSBA: "According to ACT’s The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2014 report released today, after several years of overall ACT scores remaining flat, scores dipped by two-tenths the between 2012 and 2013. This was likely due, at least partially, to the fact that ACT included students who required accommodations to take the test, such as extra time. Such students--on-average-- typically perform lower, so their inclusion may have negatively impacted last year’s results. However, the Class of 2014 took back some of these losses by posting a gain of one-tenth of a point while still including all test takers.

Unlike overall scores that improved in 2014, the percent of students meeting ACT’s college readiness benchmarks remained flat after posting gains over the past several years. However, there were some differences by subject areas. In fact, more 2014 graduates met the college readiness benchmark in science than in 2013. On the other hand, fewer 2014 graduates met the college readiness benchmark in math than in 2013.

More positive results were found at the state level where all eight states that have administered the ACT to all students for multiple years as part of their statewide assessment systems (Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee, and Wyoming) scored higher in 2014 than in 2013. In fact, a handful of these states make fairly dramatic gains in just the past year."

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Recent Legislation

USBA is committed to keeping public education at the forefront of Utah's Legislature.

Click here to read an article from Dr. Patti Harrington regarding the selection of the Interim State Superintendent and the 2015 Legislative Session.

"There is a place in America to take a stand: it is public education. It is the underpinning of our cultural and political system. It is the great common ground. Public education after all is the engine that moves us as a society toward a common destiny... It is in public education that the American dream begins to take shape."

-Tom Brokaw-
 

Loss Control Safety Spotlight

It is a proven fact that maintaining a clean and well organized work environment promotes success, as well as safety. Jeff Stucki has been an Iron district custodian for 10 years. Even though East Elementary is an older school, Jeff’s dedication and hard work has made it one of the cleanest, most organized schools in Utah. Congratulations to Jeff for a job well done and for showing all of us that safety is a by-product of organization and dedication.


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News Corner

Utah Claims Top ACT Scores for Second Year. View this Deseret News article here.

Utah School Board Votes to Renew Utah's Federal Waiver. View this Salt Lake Tribune article here.

PDK/Gallup Poll Reflects Americans' Support for School Board Governance. View this NSBA article here.


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Board Bulletin, September 2014-

Richard Stowell - Executive Director
Brandon Hardle - Editor