High School Credit Flexibility. Otsego Local Schools October 29,2009 Jason Smith WCESC School Improvement Consultant Serving Otsego and Lake Local Schools 1867 N. Research Drive Bowling Green, Ohio 43402 Wcesc_jsm@nwoca.org 419 354-9010, ext. 218.
Otsego Local Schools
WCESC School Improvement Consultant
Serving Otsego and Lake Local Schools
1867 N. Research Drive
Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
419 354-9010, ext. 218
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1. What is credit flexibility?
2. Why credit flexibility?
3. What is a district required to do?
4. What are the implications for your content area?
Asked to sing?
I do not want to look like I do not know what to do!
Ohio Core, SB 311, etc.
Require the state to develop a plan for students to earn high school credit based upon demonstration of subject area competency, instead of, or in combination with hours of instruction.
Credit is no longer tied to seat work
Applies to all students and is reflected on transcript like a traditional credit (cannot be noted as a flex credit - per OSBA webinar).
District plan must be in place operationally for students during the 2010/2011 school year.
Students and educators should Pre-identify and agree upon learning outcomes and how these will be measured against state standards.
Credit flexibility is designed to:
broaden the scope of curricular options available to students;
increase the depth of study available for a particular subject and
tailor the learning time or conditions needed (to shorten or lengthen the time necessary to complete a high school diploma and/or postsecondary degree).
SB 311 requires all boards of education to comply with the
provisions of the State Board’s credit flexibility plan by
adopting local board policy (RC 3313.603(J)).
Full implementation of the board policy must be reached by
the start of the 2010-11 school year.
The board policy is the “what” and “why”.
The board policy should identify that the district is
implementing a credit flexibility plan in accordance
with State law and should direct an appropriate
district administrator(s) to develop and implement
the credit flexibility plan.
The board approved regulation is the “how”.
The board regulation should identify what needs to happen in order to implement the policy (how is credit flexibility going to work?; what does the administration need to do?).
The sample IGBM-R includes the 11 requirements of credit flexibility plans as set forth in the State Board of Education’s credit flexibility plan.
CREDIT FLEXIBILITYIn accordance with State law, the District’s plan for credit flexibility must:1. identify the multiple methods of communication and frequency of each method the District will use to communicate the aspects of the credit flexibility policy and plan to students and parents on an on-going basis;2. allow for demonstrated proficiency options on an on-going basis; 3. allow for graded options for demonstrated proficiency;4. allow demonstration of proficiency to count towards course requirements for graduation;5. determine credit equivalency for a Carnegie unit;6. prohibit capping or limiting the number of courses or credits earned through credit flexibility;7. allow for both simultaneous credit and/or partial credit to be earned;8. not prohibit access to online education, postsecondary options or services from another district, as approved by the Board;9. allow, if so desired, for the acceptance of credit from other districts and educational providers;10. establish provisions for instances when students do not or cannot complete requirements and11. establish a review process and submit data to the Ohio Department of Education about the methods and frequency of communication with students and parents.
ODE and OSBA developed a list of guidance questions to assist districts in crafting their respective credit flexibility plans.
A district’s credit flexibility plan must address the 11 key elements of credit flexibility as outlined in the board regulation.
How, when and where will students have the opportunity to earn high school credit?
How will the district’s credit flexibility plan provide students opportunities to earn a high school diploma?
How will the district’s credit flexibility plan align with and support the State’s Academic and Technical Content Standards?
What do students and parents need to know?
5. How will the district’s credit flexibility plan help to qualify students to be admitted to college or contribute to a student’s career readiness?
6. How will the district’s credit flexibility plan assist students in earning credit for technical training and career readiness?
7. Who will be authorized to grant credit based on the district’s credit flexibility options?
8. How will the district communicate aspects of the policy and plan?
9. What questions do district administrators need to answer before drafting, approving and implementing the district’s credit flexibility plan?
10. Who needs to be involved in developing the district’s credit flexibility plan?
Policy requirements are permissive and flexible
ODE will recognize capacity limitations in the first year. The community and individual parents may or may not recognize these limitations
Additional guidance expected in January, 2010.
No guidance yet on who pays for courses etc. but I was told it should not be a net drain on the district funding (cost cannot be more than the district takes in). This is a gray area.
The process for this option needs to be in place and articulated to all students.Credit Flexibility in 2010/2011
Reminder- use post-its to place questions in the issue bin. Bin remains open until the end of the delay. After that please email me any questions that arise.
Blessed are the flexible
they will never be bent out of shape.
ODE Web Site http://education.ohio.gov/GD/Templates/Pages/ODE/ODEDetail.aspx?Page=3&TopicRelationID=1427&Content=71904
OSBA Policy Services Division
Call us today to request a copy of the sample credit flexibility policy and regulation, (614) 540-4000.
Greta Gardner, Donna Williams and Jessica Spears
OSBA Policy Division
Director, Office of Middle and High School Transformation
Ohio Department of Education