Minutes for Education Interim Committee on Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014 [UPH Wire]

Education Interim Committee
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014 – 2:30 p.m. – Room 30 House Building



Members Present:

Sen. Stuart C. Reid, Senate Chair

Rep. Francis D. Gibson, House Chair

Sen. Patricia W. Jones

Sen. Howard A. Stephenson

Rep. Patrice M. Arent

Rep. Rebecca P. Edwards

Rep. Steve Eliason

Rep. Bradley G. Last

Rep. David E. Lifferth

Rep. Daniel McCay

Rep. Carol Spackman Moss

Rep. Jim Nielson

Rep. Val L. Peterson

Rep. Marie H. Poulson

Rep. Dean Sanpei

Rep. V. Lowry Snow

Rep. Keven J. Stratton

Members Absent:

Sen. Mark B. Madsen

Sen. Jerry W. Stevenson

Sen. Stephen H. Urquhart

Rep. Rich Cunningham

Rep. Gregory H. Hughes


Staff Present:

Ms. Constance C. Steffen, Policy Analyst

Ms. Tiffany A. Stanley, Policy Analyst

Ms. Angela Oakes Stallings, Associate General


Ms. Debra Hale, Legislative Secretary


Note: A list of others present, a copy of related materials, and an audio recording of the meeting can be found at www.le.utah.gov.


  1. Committee Business


Chair Gibson called the meeting to order at 2:42 p.m. Rep. Cunningham was excused from the meeting.


MOTION: Rep. Peterson moved to approve the minutes of the July 16, 2014, meeting. The motion passed unanimously. Rep. Eliason was absent for the vote.


  1. English Learner Students


Dr. Jose Enriquez, Coordinator, Title III and Special Programs, Utah State Office of Education, and

Ms. Ann White, Coordinator, Title I School and District Improvement, and Interim Director, Special and Federal Programs, Utah State Office of Education, referred to a visual presentation, “Progress of English Learners in Utah,” as they reported on Utah’s progress in serving students of limited English proficiency.

Pursuant to Title III of No Child Left Behind, Dr. Enriquez said, the office has established three achievement objectives for English learners that must be met as a condition of receiving Title III funds. Dr. Enriquez and Ms. White reported that over the past three years, all local education agencies exceeded targets for the first two achievement objectives related to making progress in English language acquisition and proficiency. However, they said, some local education agencies failed to meet the third achievement objective related to English learners meeting adequate yearly progress in both language arts and math.

  1. Report: Utah Futures Evaluation


Ms. Tami W. Pyfer, Education Advisor, Office of the Governor, referred to a visual presentation, “Report on SB34,” and handout of a memo, “Report on the progress of implementing SB34.” She described how 2014 General Session S.B. 34, “Governance of the Utah Education and Workforce Alliance,” established an evaluation panel to review Utah Futures and determine whether any or all components of Utah Futures should be outsourced to a private provider. Ms. Pyfer distributed “UtahFutures Survey Results,” and reviewed the recommendations of the Utah Futures evaluation panel, which include continuing the state’s investment in Utah Futures, revaluating the funding requirements, and partnering with stakeholders to assure that Utah Futures 2.0 receives adequate resources and support to become a fully functional career and college planning tool.

The following individuals also addressed the committee and discussed the successes, advantages, security, and limitations of Utah Futures 2.0: Ms. Kimberley A. Bartel, Special Advisor, Department of Workforce Services; Ms. Diane Pfeifer, Manager, Information Technology, Utah Department of Technology Services; Ms. Dawn Stevenson, Coordinator, Dropout Prevention and Career Awareness, Utah State Office of Education; Mr. David Olson, Utah Department of Technology Services; and Mr. Stephen Rogers, Outreach Manager, Utah System of Higher Education.

  1. Report: Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) Pilot Program


Dr. Sydnee Dickson, Interim Deputy State Superintendent of Public Instruction, introduced the PAR Pilot Program, which was created by 2012 General Session H.B. 115, “Peer Assistance and Review Pilot Program,” to appropriate money for school districts to pilot programs that utilize peer assistance and review in evaluating certain teachers. Dr. Dickson referred to the required report, “PAR Pilot Program – Year Two Progress Report,” and introduced two pilot program participants who were invited to provide context to the report: Mr. Logan Hall, Human Resources, Salt Lake City School District, and PAR Pilot Program Facilitator; and Ms. Pat Draper, Consulting Teacher, Salt Lake City School District.

Mr. Hall reported that the PAR Pilot Program has been implemented jointly by Salt Lake City School District and the Salt Lake Teachers Association and discussed the positive cultural impact the partnership has had on the district. He also shared the results of a satisfaction survey of PAR Pilot Program participants, which were overwhelmingly positive. Ms. Draper reported on her activities mentoring and consulting with novice and struggling veteran teachers.


  1. Report: STEM Action Center


Dr. Tami Goetz, Executive Director, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Action Center (STEM), presented the report, “STEM Action Center Annual Report to the Education Interim Committee,” and introduced members of the STEM Action Center in attendance: Dr. Jeffery R. Nelson, Chair, STEM Action Center Board; Dr. H. Taylor Martin, Evaluator, STEM Action Center, Utah State University; Dr. Sara Brasel, Evaluator, STEM Action Center, Utah State University; Ms. Chadley Anderson, Supervisor, Elementary Math Department, Davis School District; and Ms. Megan Watson Fairbourn, teacher, Syracuse Junior High School, Davis School District.


Dr. Nelson introduced a visual presentation, “Curiosity Unleashed – STEM Action Center,” by referring to the mission statement and objectives of the center.

Dr. Goetz continued with the visual presentation by reviewing the funding appropriated to the STEM Action Center by 2013 General Session H.B. 139, “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Action Center,” and 2014 General Session H.B. 150, “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Amendments.”

Dr. Martin and Dr. Brasel discussed the evaluation efforts being undertaken by the STEM Action Center.

Ms. Anderson discussed her participation in a STEM Action Center professional development grant program being administered in her district.

Ms. Fairbourn discussed her participation in a STEM Action Center pilot program that has allowed her to use a web-based assessment system called ALEKS (Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces) in her math classroom. She explained that ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately assess her students’ math abilities.

  1. Computer Programming for Public Education Students


Sen. Stephenson introduced the agenda item and described Globaloria, a company that teaches professional computer science and engineering skills to public education students through computer programming (also referred to as coding). He introduced Ms. Amber Oliver, Vice President, Partnerships and Operations, Globaloria, who reviewed a visual presentation and a handout, “Globaloria – Invent – Build – Share,” by explaining why coding is beneficial for students and for Utah’s economy.

  1. Other Statutorily Required Reports

Chair Gibson expressed appreciation for the submission of the required reports, which were included in the meeting packet.

  1. Other Items/Adjourn

MOTION: Rep. Edwards moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion passed unanimously.

Sen. Stephenson, Rep. Arent, Rep. Eliason, Rep. Last, Rep. Nielson, Rep. Poulson, Rep. Sanpei,

Rep. Snow, and Rep. Stratton were absent for the vote.

Chair Gibson adjourned the meeting at 4:47 p.m


Minutes of the Education Interim Committee Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

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