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Turning the Ten Elements of Digital Learning Now Into A High-Quality State Policy. Utah Did It. So Can You! Robyn Bagley, Chairman of the Board. Utah

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Turning the Ten Elements of Digital Learning Now Into A High-Quality State Policy

Utah Did It. So Can You!

Robyn Bagley, Chairman of the Board


became the first state in the nation to turn Digital Learning Now's Ten Elements of Quality Online Learning into a comprehensive state policy.

"Ultimately this bill still aligns to the '10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning' outlined in Digital Learning Now, and as such, represents a bold move away from the monolithic, factory model schools of our past and a big step forward toward a more student-centric future that allows students to have personalized options for their learning based in their distinct needs." Michael HornExecutive Director, Education Innosight Institute

Learn the process for how your state can shift the paradigm on how we deliver education to our next generation learners

SB65 - Utah's Statewide Online Education Program Shifts the Paradigm

Funding Follows the Student to the Course


Create a paradigm shift for funding

that is student-centric, allowing

the money to follow the student

to the course - backpack funding

Placeholder Funding

Mechanism: most equitable funding formula currently within the system

  • Formula (calculation built around negotiated fee):

  • Total Charter High School funding averaged (based on all charter high schools)

  • x 77%

  • divided by eighths*

  • = $726

* Utah requires 24 credits for graduation. Districts can select the number of credits required for diplomas. The average is 27-28. The average number of credits offered in Utah high schools is 8 per year based primarily on block schedules, allowing 32 possible credits.

Future Funding

Tiered Course Fees by Category

  • Possible Determining Variables:

  • Categories - Core, Honors, AP, Electives

  • Level of difficulty

  • Teacher/Student ratio

  • Courses requiring higher level of teacher interaction

  • Bonus structure for high level courses

Current Legislative Interim Study Project - Intent to adopt new course fee structure in 2012 Legislative Session

Funding Based Upon Successful Completion

  • 50% upfront (25% per semester) - 50% upon credit earned (successful completion based on UT standard - D letter grade)

  • Credit recovery incentivized - 30% of final payment if student completes prior to graduation (based on statutory parameters of 9 additional weeks allowed for semester course and 12 months for full-year course)

  • Most efficient and accountable use of public education funding

Course Credit Acknowledgement

  • The primary LEA and the online Course Provider enter into a course credit acknowledgement:

  • The Primary LEA and Online Course Provider shall submit a copy of the course credit acknowledgement in accordance with USOE rule.

  • Online Course Provider shall receive payment as provided in Utah Code.

  • Online Course Provider shall refund payment for student who enrolls and then withdraws within the allotted 10 day period.

  • Primary LEA of enrollment acknowledges that the State Board will withhold the course fee form their MSP funds.

Parents and Students are in the Drivers Seat

  • They choose the courses

  • They choose the Course Providers

  • Blended Learning - Student chooses whether to take their course from the Statewide Online Education Program or from their primary school of enrollment

Students Customize Their Education with Blended Learning

  • Course selection tied to the student's education occupation plan (SEOP - counselor led plan that tracks credits needed for graduation and post-secondary goals)

  • Courses offered in the Statewide Online Education Program are not supplemental

All Students Seeking High School Credits are Eligible

  • 9-12 grade public school students eligible

  • Homeschool and private school students eligible in year three

  • Students on track for early graduation eligible

No Caps on Student Enrollment

Subject Mastery Replaces Seat Time

  • Allows students to advance based upon demonstrated competency

  • Open entry, open exit permitted based upon provider parameters

  • Provider administers required state assessments (CRTs) upon course completion - state required to make assessments available

Multiple Course Providers - Multiple Courses

  • Incentivizes Competition

  • Allows students to customize their education to best meet their individual needs and academic goals

  • Provides access to the best courses and best teachers regardless of income level or zip code

Course Providers - Public and Private Partnership

  • Authorized Providers are already part of the public school system - Providers can and currently do contract with private providers. Eligible Providers are:

    • Charter or District School created exclusively for the purpose of serving students online

    • LEA (Local Education Agency - charter or district school) program created exclusively for the purpose of serving students online

  • Allows for growth - as any LEA can potentially qualify by creating a program to exclusively serve students online

Accountability for Online Course Providers

  • As LEAs, Providers are already subject to USOE rule and oversight. In addition they must provide the following information on their website:

  • Description of Statewide Program & Its purposes

  • Eligibility & enrollment information

  • Course Catalog

  • Performance on statewide assessments

  • Successful completion rate

  • Student-Teacher Ratio

Program Built to ExpandOur Students are Online - Now They Have a High Quality Education Option Built to Grow With Them that is as Well

  • Up to two online courses in years one and two

  • In year three it expands by one course per year - expanding to six courses in year six (based on 24 credits for graduation)

  • A student may use the program to graduate early in accordance with their SEOP

Outcomes of Disruptive Innovation

Direct result of SB65 - online learning opportunities for students are increasing as

LEAs look to create programs in order to participate as Providers

Parents for Choice in Education is dedicated to ensuring every child has equal access to a quality education by empowering parents, increasing choice, and promoting innovative solutions to Utah's educational challenges.


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