Common Core in Utah :
Utah Core Standards

Utah is not a member of either of the federally funded testing consortia; however, Utah has been bold in its implementation of the Common Core, providing teachers with recommended curricula and developing its own Common Core–aligned assessments.

Common Core Implementation Status

1. Teacher Professional Development
2. Curriculum Guides
or Instructional Materials
3. Teacher Evaluation

New Curriculum

State designs frameworks

State provides frameworks

State designs guides

State provides guides

Local districts only

Utah has not developed Common Core implementation frameworks but does provide teachers with a gamut of recommended curriculum to use for instruction.

New Assessments

PARCC member

SBAC member

ACT Aspire

Developing own CC-aligned assessments

Though Utah is not a member of either of the testing consortia, Utah will debut new computer-based assessments in 2015 that are aligned to the Common Core testing. Per legislation passed in 2013, charter schools in Utah will be required to use the state’s Common Core–aligned assessments.

New Expenditures

New expenditures required to implement the Common Core

Current annual education expenditures

Race to the Top Phase 2 award

(State is not a Race to the Top recipient.)

Education Database Status

P-20 development required by state law

State is capable of having a P-20 database

State has access to homeschool students’ data

Utah has maintained a database with students’ personal information since 1998 and releases this data to contractors for evaluation purposes. It is not possible for students to opt out of this data collection.

Potential Impacts on Homeschooling

State currently requires homeschoolers to take state-prescribed tests and report their scores

Homeschoolers must file notice of intent to homeschool

Local Action Groups

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Updated: 5/26/2014