Policy 620

  •  RICHFIELD  PUBLIC  SCHOOLS

     

    CREDIT FOR LEARNING

     

     

    1. PURPOSE

     

    The purpose of this policy is to recognize student achievement which occurs in other schools, in alternative learning sites, in Post-Secondary Enrollment Options, in advanced enrichment programs, in out-of-school experiences such as community organizations, work-based learning, and other educational activities and opportunities by demonstrating mastery of applicable subject matter. The purpose of this policy also is to address the transfer of student credit from out-of-state, private, or home schools and online learning programs and to address how the school district will recognize student achievement obtained outside of the school district.

     

    1. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY

     

    It is the policy of the school district to develop and provide processes and procedures by which students may meet a graduation requirement, whether the school district offers the content standard in its curriculum or the student accomplishes the work in another learning environment, or online courses and programs.  The school district will provide a process for transfer of courses completed in other schools and post-secondary institutions and credit for requirements achieved in extracurricular activities, activities outside the school, previous learning, and community and work experiences.  The school district may allow students to receive credit for rigorous course completion in lieu of the course that includes the academic standards.

     

    III.        TRANSFER OF COURSE CREDITS

     

    1. The school district will accept high school credit achieved in earlier grades or in other schools on aligned credit-based courses as long as the transcript includes the course, grade, contact hours and site at which the credit was earned.

     

    1. When a student transfers into the school district from another Minnesota public school district, any credits completed in the sending school district shall be recorded as completed with a notation indicating “transferred from...”

     

    1. Transferred credits will be applied to Richfield graduation requirements.

     

    1. Students and parents will be advised of all remaining graduation requirements.

     

    1. The district will determine the transferring student’s grade placement, awarded grade for completed courses and diploma requirements.

     

    1. While waiting for records to be transmitted, the admitting school shall determine the student’s grade level and place the student accordingly.

     

    1. RECOGNITION OF COMPLETED WORK

     

    1. The school district will equate credits completed by students in schools (K-12, post-secondary or other) to completed course credits.

     

    1. When a student transfers into the school district with a transcript from a school or school district other than a Minnesota public school district, effort shall be made to ascertain the content of courses, programs, and learning previously achieved to credit the student as fully as possible for previous learning. This may include asking the student or the sending school to verify content of completed courses and programs when that content is not clear from the transcript.

     

    1. The district may formally consider other learning experiences to determine that a transfer student meets or exceeds a specific academic standard requirement or course credit.

     

    1. Students must receive prior approval from the school district, consistent with state law, for any courses to be completed for credit outside the district. College-based courses that do not provide college credit and summer school programs (approved by high schools or colleges) will be considered as part of the credit graduation requirements.  Credits for such course work shall not be more than two credits per year for a total of eight credits toward graduation.  The school district will determine the awarding of the course credit.  The school district shall not cover expenses related to courses addressed in this section.

     

    1. POST-SECONDARY ENROLLMENT CREDIT

     

    A student who satisfactorily completes a postsecondary enrollment options course of program under Minnesota Statutes Section 124D.09, that has been approved as meeting the necessary requirements is not required to complete other requirements corresponding to that specific course of study.  A list of the courses or programs meeting the necessary requirements may be obtained from the Commissioner of the Department of Education.

     

     

     

    Legal References:  Minn. Stat. § 120B.02 (Educational Expectations for Minnesota’s Students)

    Minn. Stat. § 120B.021 (Required Academic Standards)

    Minn. Stat. § 120B.11 (School District Process)

    Minn. Stat. § 124D.09 (Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Act)

    Minn. Stat. § 124D.095 (On-Line Learning Option)

    Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0010-3501.0180 (Rules Relating to Graduation Standards - Mathematics and Reading)

    Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0200-3501.0290 (Rules Relating to Graduation Standards - Written Composition)

    Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0505-3501.0635 (K-12 Standards)

    Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0370, Subp. 1(B) (Assessment and Scoring Student Achievement)

    Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0420 (Implementing Reporting)

     

     

     

    ADOPTED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION: November 6, 2007

     

    REVIEWED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION: July 17, 2017

     

    REVISED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION: August 8, 2017

620.1 Administrative Guideline

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    RICHFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS

     

    ADMINISTRATIVE GUIDELINES

    CREDIT FOR LEARNING

     


    The following procedure will be used to determine transfer of credits earned in earlier grades or in other schools.

     

    1. Course alignment will be determined with consideration for information recorded on the transcript and other available evidence.
      1. Counselors will consider evidence of credits earned.
      2. Counselors will consider evidence related to course name and description.
      3. Counselors will consider evidence of contact hours.
      4. Credits will be recorded on the RHS transcript when the course under consideration is aligned with the course for which RHS’ credit is requested and the student has achieved a passing grade.
      5. Transferred Credits will be recorded as completed with a notation indicating “transferred from…”.
      6. Grade placement will be determined by counselors based on credits earned toward graduation.
      7. Temporary grade placement will be made pending receipt of formal transcripts and revised if necessary based on transcripts.
      8. Students and parents will he notified in writing of remaining graduation requirements.

     

    1. Transfer of credits when students seek to transfer credits earned in alternative programs while concurrently enrolled full-time at RHS and carrying a full load of credits.
      1. Counselors will follow the process described for transfer of credits.
      2. Students are responsible for course tuition.
      3. Counselors will consider evidence of contact hours (approximately 60 hours per credit.

     

    1. Transfer of credits when students seek to transfer credits earned in alternative programs while concurrently enrolled full-time at RHS and carrying less than a full load of credits.
      1. Counselors will follow the process described for transfer of credits.
      2. Counselors will limit the number of credits funded by RPS to 2 per year.
      3. Counselors will consider evidence of contact hours (approximately 60 hours per credit.

     

    1. If credits are denied, a formal appeal with written justification may be provided to the principal for further review. The principal will review documentation and provide written response to any/all appeals.

     

     

     

     

    Dated: 11-6-07

    Revised: 08-21-17