Our Work By Year

OUR WORK BY YEAR

Partnerships for Student Success, 2020 Fast Facts

The Partnerships for Student Success grant program was created through Utah Senate Bill 67, which was sponsored by Senator Ann Milner and Representative Rebecca Edwards during the 2016 Utah Legislative Session.

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Teen Afterschool Prevention Grant, 2020 Fast Facts

In collaboration with the Department of Workforce Services Office of Child Care, the Utah Education Policy Center conducted an external evaluation of the Teen Afterschool Prevention grant program for the three consecutive years of the grant (2016-2019).

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ECAPS, 2020 Interactive Report

Working in partnership with the Utah State Board of Education (USBE), the UEPC has been able to advance our understanding of the factors that contribute to educators’ career-related decisions.

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Teen Afterschool Prevention Grant, 2020

In collaboration with The Department of Workforce Services, Office of Child Care (DWS OCC), the Utah Education Policy Center (UEPC) conducted an external evaluation of the Teen Afterschool Prevention (TAP) grant program for the three consecutive years of the...

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Assessment to Achievement, 2020

Assessment to Achievement: Impacting Student Learning and Growth in Utah Schools Annual Evaluation Report (2019-2020) Ed Direction, in partnership with the Utah State Board of Education (USBE), is leading a statewide project called Assessment to Achievement (A2A), which involves...

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Partnerships for Student Success Fast Facts, 2020

In collaboration with the Utah State Board of Education (USBE), the Utah Education Policy Center (UEPC) conducted an external evaluation of the Partnerships for Student Success grant program, created by Utah Senate Bill 67 (2016).

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21st Century Community Learning Centers: Hser Ner Moo Community and Welcome Center

In partnership with the Utah State Board of Education, the UEPC conducted an external evaluation of 21st Century Community Learning Centers in Utah. The purposes of the evaluation were 1) to examine current 21st CCLC program offerings and 2) to...

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“Lift and Lead” Learning Professional

Published in Learning Forward’s The Learning Professional, this article by Andrea Rorrer, Janice Bradley, and Cori Groth of UEPC explains what it takes to thrive as a leader of a turnaround school.

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Evaluation of Utah’s Juvenile Competency Attainment Curriculum

The Utah Department of Human Services contracted the Utah Education Policy Center (UEPC) to: 1. Conduct a review of literature on critical attainment curriculum components, best practices for attainment programming, and best practices for differentiating curriculum and programming for...

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Ogden United Promise Neighborhood (OUPN)

The UEPC provided evaluation consultation and data analysis for the Ogden United Promise Neighborhood (OUPN) project. Funded in part by a U.S. Department of Education planning grant, OUPN aims to improve cradle-to-career outcomes for an economically disadvantaged neighborhood in Ogden,...

Intergenerational Poverty Interventions Afterschool Program, 2019

In partnership with the Utah State Board of Education and the Department of Workforce Services, the UEPC conducted an external evaluation of the Intergenerational Poverty Interventions (IGPI) in Public Schools grant program. Created by Senate Bill 43, the IGPI...

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INSPIRE Leadership Collaborative

The Institute for Systemic Program Improvement through Research in Educational Leadership (INSPIRE Leadership) Collaborative provides a suite of surveys and evaluation resources to support continuous improvement of leadership preparation, professional learning, and practice.  The INSPIRE Leadership Surveys are available for leadership...

WestEd West Comprehensive Center Evaluation

The UEPC serves as the external evaluator for the Region 15 Comprehensive Assistance Center which provides technical assistance to the state offices of education in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah. The purpose of the evaluation is to document how...

Utah Afterschool Network (UAN) Quality Self-Assessment Tool

Utah Afterschool Network (UAN) Quality Self-Assessment Tool The UEPC partners with the UAN to support high quality out-of-school time (OST) programs and successful outcomes for youth. The UEPC collaborates with UAN to assess the validity and reliability of the Quality Self-Assessment...

Why Do Teachers Choose Teaching And Remain Teaching?: Initial Results from the Educator Career and Pathway Survey (ECAPS) for Teachers

The Educator Career and Pathway Survey (ECAPS) for Teachers explores teachers’ decisions to become a teacher; the influence of various factors on their decision to remain in, move within, or leave education; satisfaction with working conditions; and career intentions....

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Math Science Partnership (MSP) Evaluation, 2018

The Center for Science and Math Education (CSME), at the University of Utah (U of U), received a Mathematics and Science Partnership Program (MSP) grant in 2015-2017. The CSME used the award to implement a program that provided hands-on...

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21st Century Community Learning Centers: Grand County Middle School

In partnership with the Utah State Board of Education, the UEPC conducted an external evaluation of 21st Century Community Learning Centers in Utah. The purposes of the evaluation were 1) to examine current 21st CCLC program offerings and 2) to...

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21st Century Community Learning Centers: Woodrow Wilson Elementary

In partnership with the Utah State Board of Education, the UEPC conducted an external evaluation of 21st Century Community Learning Centers in Utah. The purposes of the evaluation were 1) to examine current 21st CCLC program offerings and 2) to...

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21st Century Community Learning Centers: American Preparatory Academy West Valley II

In partnership with the Utah State Board of Education, the UEPC conducted an external evaluation of 21st Century Community Learning Centers in Utah. The purposes of the evaluation were 1) to examine current 21st CCLC program offerings and 2) to...

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21st Century Community Learning Centers: Glendale-Mountain View

In partnership with the Utah State Board of Education, the UEPC conducted an external evaluation of 21st Century Community Learning Centers in Utah. The purposes of the evaluation were 1) to examine current 21st CCLC program offerings and 2) to...

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STEMLINK Afterschool Grant Program Evaluation, 2018

In partnership with the Utah State Board of Education and the Department of Workforce Services, the UEPC conducted an external evaluation of the Intergenerational Poverty Interventions (IGPI) in Public Schools grant program. Created by Senate Bill 43, the IGPI...

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Teen Afterschool Prevention (TAP) Grant Program Evaluation, 2018

In partnership with the Utah State Board of Education and the Department of Workforce Services, the UEPC conducted an external evaluation of the Intergenerational Poverty Interventions (IGPI) in Public Schools grant program. Created by Senate Bill 43, the IGPI...

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Intergenerational Poverty Interventions Afterschool Program, 2018

In partnership with the Utah State Board of Education and the Department of Workforce Services, the UEPC conducted an external evaluation of the Intergenerational Poverty Interventions (IGPI) in Public Schools grant program. Created by Senate Bill 43, the IGPI...

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Intergenerational Poverty Interventions Afterschool Program, 2018 Longitudinal Report

In partnership with the Utah State Board of Education and the Department of Workforce Services, the UEPC conducted an external evaluation of the Intergenerational Poverty Interventions (IGPI) in Public Schools grant program. Created by Senate Bill 43, the IGPI...

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21st Century Community Learning Centers: Services and Innovative Practices in Utah 2016-17

In partnership with the Utah State Board of Education, the UEPC conducted an external evaluation of 21st Century Community Learning Centers in Utah. The purposes of the evaluation were 1) to examine current 21st CCLC program offerings and 2) to...

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Afterschool Program Quality Improvement in Utah: Development of a Program Quality Framework

This study explored the application of a collaboratively designed, quality improvement model (QIM) for afterschool programs.  The quality study found support for a new continuous improvement model of afterschool program quality. The validity study concluded that self-reported QT results...

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Salt Lake County Library Summer Reading Program, 2017

In this study, UEPC examined parent perceptions of the Salt Lake County Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge. UEPC also analyzed reading scores of participants and nonparticipants to see if the challenge helped to mitigate summer learning loss.

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Technology Integration in Teacher Education at the University of Utah

The infographic presents the varied and meaningful ways the University of Utah trains teachers to integrate technology into instruction.  The infographic covers mobile devices for content creation, cloud computing, teaching with multimedia, digital assessments, internet safety, professional learning networks, and digital presence.

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At First Glance: Teachers in Utah

In collaboration with the Utah State Board of Education, the Utah Education Policy Center is exploring the teaching labor force in Utah through multiple data and research briefs. This first brief gives a general overview of teacher shortages from existing...

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Intergenerational Poverty Interventions Afterschool Program, 2017 Brief

In partnership with the Utah State Board of Education and the Department of Workforce Services, the UEPC conducted an external evaluation of the Intergenerational Poverty Interventions (IGPI) in Public Schools grant program. Created by Senate Bill 43, the IGPI...

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“Moving From ‘Students Can’t’ To ‘How Students Can'” The Learning Professional

A learning design anchored in the standards for professional learning puts the focus on equity.

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Teacher Turnover in Utah 2013-14 and 2014-15

Teacher Turnover in Utah Between 2013-14 and 2014-15 examines teacher turnover in Utah for all teachers, between two recent school years, looking specifically at turnover by various teacher and school characteristics.

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Beginning Teacher Turnover in Utah Between 2008-09 and 2014-15

Beginning Teacher Turnover in Utah Between 2008-09 and 2014- 15, studies a cohort of beginning teachers over an 8-year period, reporting on the rates of stayers, movers, and leavers.

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Teacher Retention in Utah: Exploring 2011-12 SASS and 2012-13 TFS Survey Data

Teacher Retention in Utah: Exploring 2011-12 SASS and 2012-13 TFS Survey Data explores Utah educator retention issues from a national survey administered to teachers.

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Utah Education Policy History (1997- 2015)

This policy history report summarizes the policies and programs established by the Utah Sate Board of Education between in a 15 year period (1997-2015). The report summarizes and reports bills in ten categories: Assessment and Accountability, Charter Schools, Curriculum, Educators, Funding...

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Informed Decisions: Utah Educators Election Brief

The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute convened focus groups to identify important issues in the 2016 election. Educators was identified as an important topic. The brief provides an analysis of the issues associated with educators in Utah. The brief was...

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Spy Hop Productions Education Data Analyses, 2016

Spy Hop Productions asked the Utah Education Policy Center (UEPC) to conduct longitudinal analyses to explore the relationship of Spy Hop participation and educational outcomes.

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Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Student Leadership Skills Grant: 2016 Evaluation

Leadership skills are critical for student success in both school and career. In their future careers, students will experience the unpredictable and changing work environments of today’s global market.

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At A Glance: Teacher Turnover in Utah

In collaboration with the Utah State Board of Education, this data brief investigates teacher turnover.

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Salt Lake Science & Engineering Fair (SLVSEF), 2016

The UEPC served as the external evaluator for the Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair (SLVSEF), now known as the University of Utah Science & Engineering Fair (USEF). The purpose of the evaluation was to assess the impact of...

Technology in the Classroom: Strategies, Potential Benefits, and Challenges

Educators and stakeholders are increasingly interested in the integration of technology in the classroom. This brief explores strategies, potential benefits, and challenges of technology-based learning resources such as one-to-one devices, mobile computer labs, and educational software.

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STEMLink Afterschool Program Evaluation: For Grantees, 2015

This evaluation of the STEMLink program assesses both implementation and outcomes.

STEMLink Afterschool Program Evaluation: For Grantees, 2016

This evaluation of the STEMLink program assesses both implementation and outcomes.

Intergenerational Poverty Interventions Afterschool Program, 2016

In partnership with the Utah State Board of Education and the Department of Workforce Services, the UEPC conducted an external evaluation of the Intergenerational Poverty Interventions (IGPI) in Public Schools grant program. Created by Senate Bill 43, the IGPI...

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Precalculus to Calculus Delay

This study used a sample of 1,185 Utah students to examine the relationship of elapsed time between Precalculus and Calculus on Calculus grades. Results indicated that waiting longer to take Calculus after Precalculus was related to higher Calculus grades....

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Office of Home Visiting Evaluation, 2015

Home visiting is an evidence-based, early intervention program that provides health care, education, and other resources to at-risk pregnant women and children through age 5.

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Initiative to bring Science Programs to the Incarcerated (INSPIRE)

The UEPC served as the external evaluator for the  INSPIRE project run by the University of Utah Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CSME), in partnership with the Salt Lake County Metro Jail and the Utah Department of Corrections. The...

Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) STEM Evaluations

The UEPC has served as the external evaluator for four DoDEA STEM grants awarded to three schools in Davis County, Utah. The three-year grants provided support to military-associated students and enhanced STEM programming in an elementary school, junior high,...

Other School Choice studies authored by UEPC staff

A list of roughly 20 additional reports by UEPC staff.

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Precalculus to Calculus Delay Brief

This study used a sample of 1,185 Utah students to examine the relationship of elapsed time between Precalculus and Calculus on Calculus grades. Results indicated that waiting longer to take Calculus after Precalculus was related to higher Calculus grades....

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Online Educator Effectiveness and Stakeholder Input Surveys, 2015

The UEPC was awarded a contract to develop and conduct surveys to support the USBE’s implementation of House Bill 149 which mandated the implementation of an on-line survey system for students, parents, and teachers opinions about teacher, administrators, and schools....

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Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP) Evaluation, Technical Assistance Guide 2015

Since 2009, the UEPC has conducted 5 annual evaluations of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP). These evaluations used mixed methods to study the implementation and outcomes associated with the BTSALP arts education model. The first four...

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Intergenerational Poverty Interventions Afterschool Program, 2015 Brief

In partnership with the Utah State Board of Education and the Department of Workforce Services, the UEPC conducted an external evaluation of the Intergenerational Poverty Interventions (IGPI) in Public Schools grant program. Created by Senate Bill 43, the IGPI...

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Intergenerational Poverty Interventions Afterschool Program, 2015

In partnership with the Utah State Board of Education and the Department of Workforce Services, the UEPC conducted an external evaluation of the Intergenerational Poverty Interventions (IGPI) in Public Schools grant program. Created by Senate Bill 43, the IGPI...

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Math for America

The UEPC served as the external evaluator for the University of Utah Math for America (MfA) program, which received funding from the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarship Program, the Math for America Foundation, and the State of...

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Concurrent Enrollment and the STEM Pipeline

As a follow up to our Math 1050: College Algebra study, the UEPC analyzed data from the Utah Data Alliance to compare math outcomes for 593 students who took Math 1050 and Math 1060 (Precalculus) through concurrent enrollment while in high...

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Math 1050: Utah’s College Algebra

The UEPC analyzed data from the Utah Data Alliance to identify a group of 3,033 students who enrolled in College Algebra (Math 1050) at public higher education institutions in Utah. The study analyzed factors that predicted success in Math 1050. Findings of...

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Postsecondary Enrollment Dashboard

Postsecondary Enrollment, Utah High School Graduating Class of 2008-2012 Students who graduated from a Utah public high school from 2008-2012 and enrolled in a postsecondary institution within 12 months of their high school graduation. For more information visit udrc.utah.gov...

Data-Driven Leadership Brief

Vicki Park (San Jose State University) and Amanda Datnow (University of California, San Diego) summarize a decade of research on data-driven decision making in districts and schools. They introduce a framework that focuses on the people, policies, practices, and...

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Dual Language Immersion Brief

The UEPC collaborated with the USOE and Johanna Watzinger-Tharp in the College of Humanities at the University of Utah to analyze state data related to Utah’s Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs. The purpose of this ongoing research is to...

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Dual Language Immersion

The UEPC collaborated with the USOE and Johanna Watzinger-Tharp in the College of Humanities at the University of Utah to analyze state data related to Utah’s Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs. The purpose of this ongoing research is to...

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Data-Driven Leadership Summary

Vicki Park (San Jose State University) and Amanda Datnow (University of California, San Diego) summarize a decade of research on data-driven decision making in districts and schools. They introduce a framework that focuses on the people, policies, practices, and...

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Online Educator Effectiveness and Stakeholder Input Surveys, 2014

The UEPC was awarded a contract to develop and conduct surveys to support the USBE’s implementation of House Bill 149 which mandated the implementation of an on-line survey system for students, parents, and teachers opinions about teacher, administrators, and schools....

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Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP) Evaluation, 2014

Since 2009, the UEPC has conducted 5 annual evaluations of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP). These evaluations used mixed methods to study the implementation and outcomes associated with the BTSALP arts education model. The first four...

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Gone and Back Again: Continuing Education for High School Non-Graduates

The UEPC analyzed data from the Utah Data Alliance to identify a group of 4,693 students who did not graduate from high school. The study followed these students for seven years to determine if, how, and when the students reengaged with...

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Support and Mentoring in an Alternate Route to Teaching (SMART)

The UEPC conducted an evaluation of the University of Utah Support and Mentoring in an Alternate Route to Teaching (SMART) program, which was funded by the National Science Foundation, in its first two years of implementation. The 2011-12 evaluation report...

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Online Educator Effectiveness and Stakeholder Input Surveys, 2013

The UEPC was awarded a contract to develop and conduct surveys to support the USBE’s implementation of House Bill 149 which mandated the implementation of an on-line survey system for students, parents, and teachers opinions about teacher, administrators, and schools....

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Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP) Evaluation, 2013

Since 2009, the UEPC has conducted 5 annual evaluations of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP). These evaluations used mixed methods to study the implementation and outcomes associated with the BTSALP arts education model. The first four...

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Research Brief: Chronic Absenteeism (2012)

This research brief focuses Chronic Absenteeism in Utah public schools. It reports: The students who are most likely to be chronically absent A demographic profile of chronically absent students Patterns in chronic absenteeism over time Relationships between chronic absenteeism and...

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Chronic Absenteeism

The UEPC conducted analyses of the demographic and academic correlates of chronic absenteeism in K-12. A student was considered chronically absent if he or she missed school 10 percent of the time, or more, for any reasons. Findings presented...

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Salt Lake City School District Community Learning Centers (CLC), 2012

The UEPC conducted a capacity building evaluation to support the Salt Lake City School District’s (SLCSD) development of several Community Learning Centers (CLCs). Used original survey data, school data, and student achievement data to document the program implementation and outcomes...

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Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP) Evaluation, 2012

Since 2009, the UEPC has conducted 5 annual evaluations of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP). These evaluations used mixed methods to study the implementation and outcomes associated with the BTSALP arts education model. The first four...

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Performance-based Compensation

The UEPC evaluated the Performance-based Compensation Pilot Program. This program provided bonuses paid to teachers based on areas of student learning gains, instructional quality, and parent satisfaction. The purpose of the evaluation was to assess the implementation of the...

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Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP) Evaluation, 2011

Since 2009, the UEPC has conducted 5 annual evaluations of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP). These evaluations used mixed methods to study the implementation and outcomes associated with the BTSALP arts education model. The first four...

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Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP) Evaluation, 2010

Since 2009, the UEPC has conducted 5 annual evaluations of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP). These evaluations used mixed methods to study the implementation and outcomes associated with the BTSALP arts education model. The first four...

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Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP) Evaluation, 2009

Since 2009, the UEPC has conducted 5 annual evaluations of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP). These evaluations used mixed methods to study the implementation and outcomes associated with the BTSALP arts education model. The first four...

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Charter School Study

In response to the Utah Legislature Executive Appropriations Committee Request for Proposal in 2006, the UEPC conducted a study of charter schools in Utah to obtain information about the purpose, authorization, governance, and training associated with charter schools, as...

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