How Does this Align to Promises to Keep?
The mission of the Utah State Board of Education
is encompassed in its guiding document Promises to Keep
. The promises outlined in the document are made as part of the civic compact at work as the citizens of Utah give into the hands of educators the resources for the public education system. Utah's Public Education System keeps its constitutional promise by: ensuring literacy and numeracy for all Utah children, providing high quality instruction for all Utah children, establishing curriculum with high standards and relevance to all Utah children, and requiring effective assessment to inform high quality instruction and accountability.
What are they based on?
The Utah Effective Teaching Standards articulate what effective teaching and learning look like in the Utah public education system. The Standards are based upon the concepts adopted by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards as well as the needs of Utah school teachers, administrators, and university representatives through their work as part of the Utah Effective Teaching Standards Work Group and Rubric-Writing Sub-groups. The standards align with the teaching skills needed to successfully teach the Utah Core.
What's different about these?
The Standards emphasize the need for every learner to be supported in taking ownership of their own learning. They emphasize the learning of content and the application of knowledge and skill to real world problems and they encourage educators to value the differences each learner brings to the learning experience. They leverage rapidly changing learning environments by recognizing the possibilities they bring to maximize learning and engage learners. An increasingly effective public education system requires this advanced and complex vision of teaching.
Features of the Utah Effective Teaching Standards
- Are aligned with Promises to Keep.
- Are based on the teaching standards adopted by CCSSO's
Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC).
- Align with similar documents being adopted in neighboring states.
- Describe effective teaching practice.
- Are based on national research.
- Are academically rigorous.
- Are aligned with the teaching strategies needed for successful implementation
of the Utah Common Core.
- Serve as a basis for an educator evaluation system (R277-531).
What are benefits of standards?
students, parents, and community members
reap benefits, but teaching standards provide benefits for educators as well. Clear, researchbased
teaching standards articulate a common vision/description of effective teaching
and leadership and assist parents, administrators, and community members in gaining an
understanding of the rigorous and complex skills and knowledge that effective teaching
entails. An understanding of the Standards may provide meaningful feedback to teachers
as they reflect upon their own knowledge, skills, and practice, and identify areas of success
as well as goals for future development. Teaching standards may validate for teachers
the best practices they are already using and may build educator morale by showing that
teachers are skilled practitioners with rigorous professional standards, high levels of content
knowledge, and effective pedagogical skills.
Standards as Assets for Teachers
- Articulate a common vision/description of effective teaching and leadership
- Validate for teachers and leaders the best practices they are already using
- Serve as a tool for conversation between teachers, mentors, and leaders to accelerate growth in practice
- Provide meaningful feedback to help teachers recognize areas for improvement.
- Assist teachers in reflecting on their practice and setting personal goals throughout their career
- Build educator morale by showing that teachers and leaders are skilled practitioners with rigorous professional standards
- Serve as a tool for self-evaluation of practice and reflection upon current practice
- Serve as a discussion and goal-setting tool for learning communities
- Guide the development of rigorous, relevant professional development leading to increased teaching and leadership effectiveness
- Guide districts in the development of support activities related to formative and summative evaluation.
Annette Evans – Nebo District
A System for Educator Effectiveness
To ensure that high quality instruction is available to every Utah student, the Utah Effectiveness Project for High Quality
Education was instituted in 2010 by the Utah State Board of Education (R277–530) to guide the development of quality teaching and
quality leadership efforts statewide. The project began with the development of the Utah Effective Teaching Standards and
the Utah Educational Leadership Standards. These two sets of standards provide a basis for a coherent system for all state
and local educators as they develop a vision of an effective statewide system. The system is aligned with the goals of educator preparation
programs and is designed to support a consistent and mutually reinforcing continuum of preparation, licensure, recruitment, induction,
evaluation, and professional development of teachers and educational leaders.
This figure represents the coherent system for Educator Effectiveness and
Includes the related components necessary for assuring high quality instruction.