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R277. Education, Administration.

Rule R277-486. Professional Staff Cost Program.

As in effect on January 1, 2017

Table of Contents

R277-486-1. Definitions.

A. "Board" means the Utah State Board of Education.

B. "Comprehensive Administration of Credentials for Teachers in Utah Schools (CACTUS)" means the electronic file maintained on all licensed Utah educators. The file includes information such as:

(1) personal directory information;

(2) educational background;

(3) endorsements;

(4) employment history;

(5) professional development information; and

(6) a record of disciplinary action taken against the educator.

C. "ESEA" means the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as the No Child Left Behind Act, P.L. 107-110, Title I, Part A, Subpart 1, Sec. 1119, January 8, 2002.

D. "FTE" means full time equivalent.

E. "LEA" means a local education agency, including local school boards/public school districts, and charter schools.

F. "National Board certified educator" means an educator who has been certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) by successfully completing a three-year process that may include national content-area assessment, an extensive portfolio, and assessment of video-taped classroom teaching experience.

G. "USOE" means Utah State Office of Education.

H. "Weighted Pupil Unit (WPU)" means the unit of measure that is computed in accordance with the Minimum School Program Act for the purpose of determining the costs of a program on a uniform basis for each LEA.

R277-486-2. Authority and Purpose.

A. This rule is authorized by Utah Constitution Article X, Section 3, which vests general control and supervision of public education in the Board, by Section 53A-17a-107(2) which authorizes the Board to adopt a rule to require a certain percentage of a LEA's professional staff to be licensed in the area in which the teacher teaches in order for the LEA to receive full funding under the state statutory formula, and by Section 53A-1-401(3) which allows the Board to adopt rules in accordance with its responsibilities.

B. The purpose of this rule is to satisfy statutory or federal regulatory percentages of licensed staff and support LEAs in recruiting and retaining highly educated and experienced educators for instructional, administrative and other types of professional employment in public schools.

R277-486-3. Eligibility to Receive WPUs for Professional Staff.

A. LEAs shall receive WPUs in accordance with the formula provided in Section 53A-17a-107(1)(a):

(1) only for those educators who hold at least a bachelors degree; and

(2) only to the extent that such educators are qualified to work in the area to which they are assigned consistent with R277-520. For example, an educator who is employed full time but is appropriately qualified in only 75% of his assignments would count for only 0.75 FTEs in the calculation of WPUs.

(3) In order to receive full (100%) funding, an LEA shall have an appropriately qualified educator in every assignment.

B. An educator who is identified as qualified under R277-520 is not necessarily highly qualified for ESEA purposes.

C. LEAs shall not receive WPUs for interns in their second or subsequent years nor for paraprofessionals in any assignment.

R277-486-4. Acceptable Experience.

A. Educator experience for purposes of this rule shall be measured in one-year increments.

B. An educator shall be credited by the USOE, for purposes of the professional staff cost calculation, with one year of experience for every school year in which he is employed at least half-time (0.5 FTE) in an instructional or administrative position in any public school in the State of Utah or in any regionally accredited:

(1) public school outside of the State of Utah;

(2) private school; or

(3) institution of higher education.

C. To obtain credit under Subsection B(1) through (3), the LEA which employs the educator shall submit to the USOE acceptable documentation verifying such experience, including documentation of the school's or institution's regional accreditation.

D. Employment in a prekindergarten position shall not be acceptable for this purpose, unless the educator is or was employed in a special education position in an accredited school.

E. Unpaid volunteer service, paid consulting, employment in non-instructional or non-administrative positions in a school setting, and a school internship shall not be acceptable experience under this rule.

F. Documentation of an educator's experience in a private school or institution of higher education may be required by USOE staff to determine relevance of experience.

R277-486-5. Acceptable Training.

Acceptable training under this rule may include:

A. Any degree at the bachelors level or above or credit beyond the current degree from a:

(1) regionally accredited institution of higher education; or

(2) postsecondary degree-granting institution accredited by any of the national accrediting agencies recognized by the United States Department of Education.

B. Any professional development activity consistent with R277-500 and approved in writing by the USOE.

R277-486-6. Mapping Degree Summary Data to Statutory Formula.

A. To ensure consistency in applying data from CACTUS to the formula, the following mapping of the relevant two-digit CACTUS Degree Summary codes to the five columns of the Professional Staff Cost formula table in Section 53A-17a-107(1)(a) shall be used:

(1) 03 = Bachelor's Degree;

(2) 04 or 05 = Bachelors + 30 quarter hours or 20 semester hours;

(3) 06 = Master's Degree;

(4) 07 or 08 = Master's Degree + 45 quarter hours or 30 semester hours;

(5) 09 = Doctorate.

B. An LEA shall be credited for an individual with National Board certification at the doctorate level.

R277-486-7. Data Sources.

A. For LEAs that were in operation in the prior year, data shall be used from June 30 update of CACTUS as required by R277-484-3C.

B. For LEAs that were not in operation in the prior year, data shall be used from November 15 update of CACTUS as required by R277-484-3M.


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Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

June 7, 2012

Notice of Continuation

March 14, 2014

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

Art X Sec 3; 53A-17a-107(3); 53A-1-401(3)

Additional Information


For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R277, please contact the promulgating agency (Education, Administration). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.