Utah

Utah

Programs and People: 

Brian Olmstead
Director of Adult Education Services
Utah State Board of Education
250 East 500 South
P.O. Box 144200
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
Phone: (801) 538-7824
Brian.Olmstead@schools.utah.gov

Stephanie Patton
Adult Education Specialist
Utah State Board of Education
250 East 500 South
P.O. Box 144200
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
Phone: (801) 538-7989
stephanie.patton@schools.utah.gov

Danielle Pedersen
Adult Education Specialist
Utah State Board of Education
250 East 500 South
P.O. Box 144200
Salt Lake City, UT  84114
Phone:  (801) 538-7925
danielle.pedersen@schools.utah.gov

Assessments: 

ABE: TABE 11 & 12 and CASAS Reading GOALS and Math GOALS
ESL: BEST Plus 2.0, BEST Literacy, CASAS

Data Systems: 

Utah Online Performance Information for Adult Education (UTopia) powered by Benchmark, ITS.

Followup Methods: 

GED: Data Match
Employment: Data Match and Survey
Transition to Postsecondary Education or Training: Data Match and Survey

Data Tools for Monitoring and Program Improvement: 

UTopia has an email system that allows programs to email state staff for assistance when errors are made, state staff are assigned to monitor the email daily and work with developers and programs to correct program data entry errors. Additionally, state staff are assigned desk monitoring responsibilities for all programs to review data entry monthly.

Reports are built into UTopia that allow programs to see in real time who needs pre and post-testing and monitor program outcomes. UTopia time stamps assessments when they are entered into the database and sets the EFL for the student based upon the scores entered. Programs are provided extensive training in how and when to assess students. Parameters are also detailed in the UTopia user manual and the state assessment policy. Auditors validate program’s assessment protocols as reported in UTopia. State staff double check data entry during program reviews.

UTopia includes a survey process that allows programs to generate a list of persons that need to complete a survey and tracks the programs interactions with those persons. Outcomes received from completed surveys will be entered into UTopia.

State Tools and Resources: 

FEATURED RESOURCES

Explore featured resources related to WIOA and the NRS including: state guidance, reporting, LEAP training materials, and external WIOA resources.

NRS Technical Assistance (TA) Guide

WIOA and NRS Resources

LEAP: NRS Training on WIOA 2016

WIOA Summary of Changes

WIOA Joint Participant Individual Record Layout (PIRL)