R277. Education, Administration.
R277-700. The Elementary and Secondary School General Core.
R277-700-1. Authority and Purpose.
(1) This rule is authorized by:
(a) Utah Constitution Article X, Section 3, which vests general control and supervision over public education in the Board;
(b) Subsection 53E-3-401(4), which allows the Board to make rules to execute the Board's duties and responsibilities under the Utah Constitution and state law;
(c) Section 53E-3-501, which directs the Board to make rules regarding competency levels, graduation requirements, curriculum, and instruction requirements;
(d) Section 53E-4-202, which directs:
(i) the Board to establish Core Standards in consultation with LEA boards and superintendents; and
(ii) LEA boards to adopt local evidence-based curriculum and to design programs to help students master the General Core;
(e) Title 53E, Chapter 4, Part 2, Career and College Readiness Mathematics Competency, which directs the Board to establish college and career mathematics competency standards; and
(f) Section 53E-4-205, which requires the Board to provide rules related to a basic civics test.
(2) The purpose of this rule is to specify the minimum Core Standards and General Core requirements for the public schools, and to establish responsibility for mastery of Core Standard requirements.
For purposes of this rule:
(1)(a) "Applied course" means a public school course or class that applies the concepts of a Core subject.
(b) "Applied course" includes a course offered through Career and Technical Education or through other areas of the curriculum.
(2) "Arts" means the visual arts, music, dance, theatre, and media arts.
(3) "Assessment" means a summative assessment for:
(a) English language arts grades 3 through 10;
(b) mathematics grades 3 through 10, and Secondary I, II, and III; or
(c) science grades 4 through 10.
(4) "Career and Technical Education (CTE)" means an organized educational program in secondary schools (grades 6-12) or courses, which teach current industry-specific skills and knowledge that prepares students for employment, and for additional postsecondary preparation leading to employment.
(5) "Core Standard" means a statement of what a student enrolled in a public school is expected to know and be able to do at a specific grade level or following completion of an identified course.
(6) "Core subject" means a course for which there is a declared set of Core Standards as approved by the Board.
(7) "Elementary school" for purposes of this rule means a school that serves grades K-6 in whatever kind of school the grade levels exist.
(8) "General Core" means the courses, content, instructional elements, materials, resources and pedagogy that are used to teach the Core Standards, including the ideas, knowledge, practice and skills that support the Core Standards.
(9) "High school" for purposes of this rule means a school that serves grades 9-12 in whatever kind of school the grade levels exist.
(10) "LEA" or "local education agency" includes the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.
(11) "Middle school" for purposes of this rule means a school that serves grades 7-8 in whatever kind of school the grade levels exist.
(12) "Junior High school" means a school that serves grades 7-9 in whatever kind of school the grade levels exist.
(13) "Proficiency in keyboarding" means a student's ability to key by touch.
(14) "Summative adaptive assessment" means an assessment that:
(a) is administered upon completion of instruction to assess a student's achievement;
(b) is administered online under the direct supervision of a licensed educator;
(c) is designed to identify student achievement on the Core Standards for the respective grade and course; and
(d) measures the full range of student ability by adapting to each student's responses, selecting more difficult questions when a student answers correctly and less difficult questions when a student answers incorrectly.
R277-700-3. General Core and Core Standards.
(1) The Board establishes minimum course description standards for each course in the required General Core.
(2)(a) The Superintendent shall develop, in cooperation with LEAs, course descriptions for required and elective courses.
(b) The Superintendent shall provide parents and the general public an opportunity to participate in the development process of the course descriptions described in Subsection (2)(a).
(3)(a) The Superintendent shall ensure that the courses described in Subsection (2):
(i) contain mastery criteria for the courses; and
(ii) stress mastery of the course material, Core Standards, and life skills consistent with the General Core.
(b) The Superintendent shall place a greater emphasis on a student's mastery of course material rather than completion of predetermined time allotments for courses.