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Policy 600.19 – Private and Home School Student Participation In Public School Achievement Tests



Board Policy

1. The Board of Education recognizes the statutory requirement for individual school districts to administer the stateside assessment system to uniformly measure statewide student performance.

2. The Board of Education further recognizes the public investment in statewide assessments, and supports an orderly and manageable process to allow private and home school students to participate in public school achievement tests if desired, in accordance with R277-604.

3. The Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent and District Administration toestablish Administrative Regulations consistent with this policy.




Definitions - 600.19-1

1. “Home school student”: means a student who has been excused from compulsory 

       1.1. education and for whom documentation has been completed under 53G-6-204. 

2. “Private school”: means a school that is not a public school but: 

2.1. has a current business license through the Utah Department of Commerce; 

2.2. is accredited as described in R277-410; and 

2.3. has and makes available a written policy for maintaining and securing student records.

3. “Statewide Assessment”: means: 

3.1. the summative adaptive assessment of a student in grades 3 through 8 in basic skills courses; 

3.2. the online writing assessment in grades 5 and 8; 

3.3. a high school assessment in grades 9 and 10; 

3.4. a statewide English Language proficiency assessment; 

3.5. the college readiness assessment; and 

3.6. the summative adaptive assessment of a student in grade to measure reading grade level using the end of year benchmark reading assessment.



Statewide Assessment Participation for Private Schools or Private School Students

1. Private schools that are interested in participating in statewide assessments must participate, at the school’s district’s discretion, in the public school district where the private school is located.

2. A private school may request the following from the school district in which it is located:

2.1. an annual schedule of statewide assessment dates;

2.2. the location at which private schools may be tested; and

2.3. written policies for private school student participation.

3. Private school students who are not Utah residents may participate in statewide assessments only by payment in advance of the full cost of individual assessments as determined in Exhibit—1—Statewide Assessment Exhibit – Participation Costs for Private and Home School Students.

3.1. The District shall provide reasonable costs for the            participation of Utah private school students in statewide assessments to be paid in advance by either the student or the student’s private school.

3.2. The District shall provide an explanation of reasonable costs including for administration materials, scoring, and reporting of assessment results.

3.3. The District shall provide notice to private school administrators of any required private school administrator participation in monitoring or proctoring of test



Statewide Assessment Participation of Home School Students

1. A home school student may participate in statewide assessments only if the student has satisfied the home school requirements of 53G-6-204.

 2. A home school student who desires to participate in statewide assessments must participate in the public school district in which the home school student’s parent or legal guardian resides. 

3. A home school student or parent may request the following from the school district in which the home school student or parent resides or a charter school:

3.1. an annual schedule of statewide assessment dates;

3.2. the locations at which the home schools students may be tested; and 

3.3. written policies for home school student participation.

4. A school district may not require a home school student to pay a fee that is not charged to traditional students. 

5. The school district shall provide notice to home school students or parents of any required parent or adult participation in monitoring or proctoring of tests.

6. The school district shall include reasonable time lines for home school requests for participation and district or school response.



Document History

Adopted – 2.18.2020

This online presentation is an electronic representation of the Canyons School District’s currently adopted policy manual. It does not reflect updating activities in progress. The official, authoritative manual is available for inspection in the office of the Superintendent located at 9361 South 300 East Sandy, UT 84070.

Board Meeting Schedule

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the Board of Education for Canyons School District will hold a regular study session and public business meeting at the Canyons District Office building, 9361 S. 300 E., Sandy, UT each month unless otherwise posted. The Board may determine to conduct some business during a study session. All business meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m. unless changed by the Board and appropriately posted for the public.

Please note that ALL DATES, TIMES and LOCATIONS listed on this scheduled are TENTATIVE and are subject to change at any time.  Please check this schedule often to be informed of any changes.

Unless otherwise specified, all meetings in the schedule below will take place as the Canyons District Office located at 9361 S. 300 E. in Sandy, Utah.

District Leaders

Dr. Rick Robins


Dr. Rick L. Robins is the superintendent of Canyons School District. Dr. Robins, who was selected by the Canyons Board of Education after a national search, brings 24 years of experience as an educator to his role as the chief executive officer of Utah’s fifth-largest school district. Prior to joining Canyons, Dr. Robins, who earned an Ed.D. from the University of Las Vegas, for six years was Superintendent of the Juab School District, based in Nephi, Utah. While there, Dr. Robins, who also was the Juab High School Principal from 2009-2013, helped oversee efforts to improve the district’s graduation rate to 97 percent, a double-digit increase over a 10-year period. Other innovations he led in Juab included a partnership with Arizona State University for blended-learning opportunities; the launch of a districtwide competency-based personalized learning model driven by a 1:1 technology initiative and standards-based reporting system; and the construction of the STEM-focused West Campus Innovations Center, funded largely through private and corporate sponsorships. Dr. Robins began his career as a history teacher at Copper Hills High in the Jordan School District and has worked as an assistant principal and principal in the Alpine, Nebo and Juab school districts. He was the 2012 Utah High School Principal of the Year for the Utah Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2014 earned the Lexington Institute Superintendent Fellowship Award presented to innovative superintendents across the country. Dr. Robins was starting quarterback for the football team at Southern Utah University Thunderbirds from 1991-1995, and in 2013 was inducted into SUU’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He has four children and one grandchild.

Leon Wilcox

Business Administrator and CFO

Leon Wilcox is a seasoned professional with 20 years of governmental accounting experience, with an emphasis on financial reporting, budgeting, and auditing. As Canyons District’ Director of Accounting from 2009-2013, Wilcox was intricately involved with the 2009 division of $1.5 billion in assets of the former Jordan School District, and was responsible for establishing Canyons’ original and subsequent budgets. Wilcox, a certified public accountant who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Utah State University, also has worked nine years in the Granite School District and six years in the State Auditor’s Office.

Supervises:  Accounting and Budget Services, Facilities and Maintenance, Insurance, New Construction Budget, Nutrition Services, Purchasing, Payroll

Dr. Robert M. Dowdle

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and School Performance

Robert Dowdle has a Doctor of Education degree with an emphasis in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah, and more than 31 years of experience as a teacher and educational leader. He began his career at Mount Jordan Middle School, where he taught Earth Science, English and Social Studies. He later taught Advanced Placement Economics, U.S. History and World History at Bingham High School, and served as Principal of Jordan High School and Assistant Principal for Alta High School and Brighton High School. Dowdle has served in the District office for 11 years as Assistant Superintendent. This role has included various leadership responsibilities, including Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Dowdle currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and School Performance.

Lucie Chamberlain

Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

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