Reductions in Force: Utah

Exiting Ineffective Teachers Policy

Goal

The state should require that its school districts consider classroom performance as a factor in determining which teachers are laid off when a reduction in force is necessary.

Meets
Suggested Citation:
National Council on Teacher Quality. (2011). Reductions in Force: Utah results. State Teacher Policy Database. [Data set].
Retrieved from: https://www.nctq.org/yearbook/state/UT-Reductions-in-Force-10

Analysis of Utah's policies

In Utah, new legislation requires that school personnel needs and teacher performance—as measured by a teacher's performance evaluation—be factors in determining which teachers are laid off during a reduction in force.These are the only factors that may be considered in determining which teachers are laid off, and "a school district may not utilize a last-hired, first fired layoff policy."

Citation

Recommendations for Utah

State response to our analysis

Utah recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.

Research rationale

See National Council on Teacher Quality, "Teacher Layoffs: Rethinking 'Last Hired, First-Fired' Policies." (2010); The New Teacher Project, The Case Against Quality-Blind Teacher Layoffs (2011); Boyd, Donald; Lankford, Hamilton; Loeb, Susanna; and Wyckoff, James, "Teacher Layoffs: An Empirical Illustration of Seniority v. Measures of Effectiveness" The Urban Institute, CALDER (2010);  Goldhaber, Dan and Theobold, Roddy, "Assessing the Determinants and Implications of Teacher Layoffs." Center for Education Data & Research, University of Washington-Bothell (2010); Sepe, Christina and Roza, Marguerite, "The Disproportionate Impact of Seniority-Based Layoffs on Poor, Minority Students." Center on Reinventing Public Education (2010).