EHDE(LEGAL) - ALTERNATIVE METHODS FOR EARNING CREDIT: DISTANCE LEARNING

Distance Learning and Correspondence Courses

  1. The institution offering the correspondence course is The University of Texas at Austin, Texas Tech University, or another public institution of higher education approved by the commissioner of education.
  2. Students may earn course credit through distance learning technologies such as satellite, Internet, two-way videoconferencing, online courses, the Texas Virtual School Network (TXVSN), and instructional television.
  3. The distance learning and correspondence courses must include the state-required essential knowledge and skills for such a course.

Texas Virtual School Network

"Online School (OLS) Program"

"Statewide Course Catalog"

Course Providers

Electronic Course

  1. Instruction and content are delivered primarily over the Internet;
  2. A student and teacher are in different locations for a majority of the student's instructional period;
  3. Most instructional activities take place in an online environment;
  4. The online instructional activities are integral to the academic program;
  5. Extensive communication between a student and a teacher and among students is emphasized; and
  6. A student is not required to be located on the physical premises of a school district or open-enrollment charter school.

OLS Eligibility

  1. Have a current accreditation status of Accredited under 19 Administrative Code 97.1055 (relating to Accreditation Status);
  2. Be rated acceptable under Education Code 39.054;
  3. Be rated at the Standard Achievement level or higher under the state financial accountability rating system under 19 Administrative Code 109.1001 (relating to Types of Financial Accountability Ratings);
  4. Have met statutory requirements for timely submission of annual audit and compliance reports, Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) reports, and timely deposits with the Teacher Retirement System, with all records and reports reflecting satisfactory performance;
  5. Be in good standing with other programs, grants, and projects administered through TEA; and
  6. Have been approved to operate a TXVSN OLS as of January 1, 2013.

Statewide Course Catalog Provider Eligibility

General Requirements

  1. Provide the TXVSN receiver district in which each TXVSN student is enrolled with written notice of a student's performance in the course at least once every 12 weeks;
  2. Provide the TXVSN receiver district in which each TXVSN student is enrolled with written notice of a student's performance at least once every three weeks if the student's performance in the course is consistently unsatisfactory, as determined by the TXVSN course provider;
  3. Notify students in writing upon enrollment to participate in the TXVSN course with specific dates and details regarding enrollment;
  4. Meet all federal and state requirements for educating students with disabilities;
  5. Provide a contingency plan for the continuation of instructional services to all TXVSN students allowing them to complete their TXVSN courses in the event that the contract or agreement through which the electronic courses are provided are terminated or the TXVSN courses become unavailable to students;
  6. Ensure a maximum class size limit of 40 students in a single section of a course and ensure that the class size does not exceed the maximum allowed by law, as applicable, whichever is less; and
  7. Meet all reporting requirements established by TXVSN central operations, including timely submission of student performance reports, course completion results, catalog data, data required to verify instructor qualifications, and all data necessary for the TXVSN Informed Choice Report required under 19 Administrative Code 70.1031 (relating to Informed Choice Reports).

Receiver District Requirements

  1. Register as a receiver district with TXVSN central operations;
  2. Assign a qualified staff member to serve as the TXVSN coordinator;
  3. Enroll a student who resides in Texas and who is enrolled in a school other than a public school district or charter school upon request by the student and/or parent or guardian; and
  4. In accordance with 19 Administrative Code 74.26 (relating to Award of Credit), award credit to a student enrolled in the district who has successfully completed all state and local requirements and received a grade that is the equivalent of 70 on a scale of 100, based upon the essential knowledge and skills for a course offered through the TXVSN statewide course catalog.

Courses

Student Eligibility

Generally

  1. On September 1 of the school year is younger than 21 years of age or is younger than 26 years of age and entitled to the benefits of the Foundation School Program under Education Code 42.003;
  2. Has not graduated from high school; and
  3. Is otherwise eligible to enroll in a public school in this state.
  1. The student was enrolled in a public school in this state in the preceding school year;
  2. The student is a dependent of a member of the United States military who has been deployed or transferred to this state and was enrolled in a publicly funded school outside of this state in the preceding school year; or
  3. The student has been placed in substitute care in this state, regardless of whether the student was enrolled in a public school in this state in the preceding school year.
Exception for Military Dependents
  1. Is a dependent of a member of the United States military;
  2. Was previously enrolled in high school in this state; and
  3. No longer resides in this state as a result of a military deployment or transfer.
Provisional Enrollment

Enrolled Students

Unenrolled Students

  1. May not in any semester enroll in more than two electronic courses offered through the TXVSN;
  2. Is not considered to be a public school student;
  3. Must obtain access to a course provided through the network through the school district or open-enrollment charter school attendance zone in which the student resides;
  4. Is not entitled to enroll in a course offered by a school district or open-enrollment charter school other than an electronic course provided through the network; and
  5. Is not entitled to any right, privilege, activities, or services available to a student enrolled in a public school, other than the right to receive the appropriate unit of credit for completing an electronic course.

Enrollment, Advancement, and Withdrawal

  1. Be enrolled in a TXVSN course when he or she begins receiving instruction and actively engages in instructional activities in a TXVSN subject area or course;
  2. Have successfully completed a course if the student demonstrates academic proficiency and earns credit for the course, as determined by the TXVSN teacher; and
  3. Be, and must be reported as, withdrawn from the TXVSN when the student is no longer actively participating in the TXVSN course or program.
  1. Shall enroll in each TXVSN course through the TXVSN online registration system;
  2. Shall be assigned a grade by the TXVSN teacher after the drop period established by TXVSN central operations;
  3. May withdraw from a course taken through the TXVSN after the instructional start date without academic or financial penalty within the drop period established by TXVSN central operations; and
  4. Shall have the grade assigned by the TXVSN teacher added to the student's transcript by the student's home district.

Compulsory Attendance

Local Policy

Notice

Requests to Enroll

  1. A student attempts to enroll in a course load that is inconsistent with the student's high school graduation plan or requirements for college admission or earning an industry certification;
  2. The student requests permission to enroll in an electronic course at a time that is not consistent with the enrollment period established by the district providing the course; or
  3. The district offers a substantially similar course.
Appeals

Students with Disabilities

Required Enrollment Prohibited

Inducements for Enrollment Prohibited

Course Portability

Student Assessment

Funding

Course Cost

  1. Is enrolled in the district as a full-time student with a course load greater than that normally taken by students in the equivalent grade level in other school districts; or
  2. Elects to enroll in a TXVSN course for which the district in which the student is enrolled as a full-time student declines to pay the cost as authorized by Education Code 26.0031(c-1).
  1. No more than 70 percent of the catalog course cost prior to a student successfully completing the course; and
  2. The remaining 30 percent of the catalog course cost when the student successfully completes the course.

Educators of Electronic Courses

  1. Successfully complete a professional development course or program approved by TXVSN central operations before teaching an electronic course offered through the TXVSN; or
  2. Have a graduate degree in online or distance learning and have demonstrated mastery of the International Association for K–12 Learning (iNACOL) National Standards for Quality Online Teaching; or
  3. Have two or more years of documented experience teaching online courses for students in grades 3–12 and have demonstrated mastery of the iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Teaching.
  1. Maintain records documenting:
    1. Valid Texas educator certification credentials appropriate for the instructor's TXVSN assignment;
    2. Successful initial completion of TXVSN-approved professional development, evidence of prior online teaching, or a graduate degree in online or distance learning; and
    3. Instructors' demonstrated mastery of the iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Teaching prior to teaching through the TXVSN;
  2. Conduct and maintain records for background checks;
  3. Maintain records of successful completion of continuing professional development;
  4. Maintain records documenting successful completion of TXVSN-approved professional development before the end of the school year for any instructor who is hired after the school year has begun; and
  5. Make the records specified in this subsection available to TEA and TXVSN central operations upon request.

Revocation

  1. Noncompliance with relevant state or federal laws;
  2. Noncompliance with requirements and assurances outlined in the contractual agreements with TXVSN central operations and/or these provisions and Education Code Chapter 30A; or
  3. Consistently poor student performance rates as evidenced by results on statewide student assessments, student withdrawal rates, student completion rates, successful completion rates, or campus accountability ratings.

Applicability

Edgewood ISD-Bexar County

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UPDATE 109

DATE ISSUED: 11/17/2017