7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill amends provisions regarding certain public education reading software.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 ▸ eliminates public school usage requirements for early interactive reading software;
13 ▸ authorizes the State Board of Education to acquire certain analytical software to
14 facilitate administering the reading software program; and
15 ▸ makes technical changes.
16 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
18 Other Special Clauses:
20 Utah Code Sections Affected:
22 53F-4-203, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2018, Chapter 2
24 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
25 Section 1. Section 53F-4-203 is amended to read:
26 53F-4-203. Early intervention interactive reading software -- Independent
32 select and contract with one or more technology providers, through a request for proposals
33 process, to provide early interactive reading software for literacy instruction and assessments
34 for students in kindergarten through grade 3.
35 (b) By August 1 of each year, the State Board of Education shall distribute licenses for
36 early interactive reading software described in Subsection [
37 charter schools of local education boards that apply for the licenses.
38 (c) Except as provided in [
39 school that received a license described in Subsection [
40 given first priority to receive an equivalent license during the current year.
41 (d) Licenses distributed to school districts and charter schools in addition to the
42 licenses described in Subsection [
45 shall use the license:
49 or above grade level; and
51 reading below grade level[
57 select and contract with an independent evaluator, through a request for proposals process, to
58 act as an independent contractor to evaluate early interactive reading software provided under
59 this section.
60 (b) The State Board of Education shall ensure that a contract with an independent
61 evaluator requires the independent evaluator to:
62 (i) evaluate a student's learning gains as a result of using early interactive reading
63 software provided under Subsection [
64 (ii) for the evaluation under Subsection [
65 developed by a provider of early interactive reading software; and
66 (iii) determine the extent to which a public school uses the early interactive reading
67 software [
69 (c) The State Board of Education and the independent evaluator selected under
70 Subsection [
71 Interim Committee and the governor.
73 under Subsection [
74 (a) acquire an analytical software program that:
75 (i) monitors, for an individual school, early intervention interactive reading software
76 use and the associated impact on student performance; and
77 (ii) analyzes the information gathered under Subsection (4)(a)(i) to prescribe individual
78 school usage time to maximize the beneficial impact on student performance; or
79 (b) contract with an independent evaluator selected under Subsection [