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Information on Utah's Online Public Education Program

  1. 1. So what is theStatewide Public Education Online Program (SPEOP)? SPEOP was created during the last General Session of the Utah State Legislature. Implementing legislation is often talked about as “Senate Bill 65.” 2
  2. 2. SPEOP statutes ensure that students can access online courses offered statewide Online CourseContent is consistent with USOE core requirements (R277-726-7(2)(J)).3
  3. 3. Why is Online Education Important?4
  4. 4. A Recommendation States must steer towards & customizing education adapt to the needs of the student.. Online options are essential in equipping students with the (many of them)5 skills and knowledge essential for success.
  5. 5. QUESTION for Participants: How much do you think a Vote – Tell usperson with only a High School Education can increase their what you weekly earnings by getting a Bachelor’s Degree, on think! average? 6
  6. 6. Who is an SPEOP Online Provider ? Online course providers (Providers) are: • School Districts • Charter Schools • A District or Charter School program created for the purpose of serving Utah students grades 9-12 online (R277-726-1(K)). Beginning with the 2012–13 school year, the Electronic High School is intended to be an authorized online course provider for the Program (§53A-15-1205(1)).7
  7. 7. SPEOP is designed to help students be successful  Online course Providers receive full payment only if the student completes the course with a passing grade.  All grades become part of the Provider’s “permanent record,” which is publically available.8
  8. 8. A teacher of record is available to assist the student.9
  9. 9. What if a student does not pass a class? Remediation may continue until graduation. A student originally has a year tocomplete a 1.0 credit course, and 9 weeks past the end of the semester to complete a .5 credit course.10
  10. 10. WHO IS An eligible student ? A student enrolled in a district school or charter school in Utah (§53A-15-1202(6)). No!! A 9-12th grade student like these ones!!11
  11. 11. An eligible student may enroll in an online 1. The student meets the course course if: prerequisites. 2. The course is open for enrollment. Statewide Public Education Online Program 12
  12. 12. An eligible student may enroll in online courses offered through SPEOP providers for no more than 2 credits (§53A-15-120418
  13. 13. How are Online Courses selected ? 1. A student’s primary school of enrollment (“home school”) must assist an eligible student in scheduling courses. 1. So long as these are consistent with: a) Graduation requirements b) The students SEOP. c) Students post-secondary plans.19
  14. 14. What Content Areas do you think are most popular ?15
  15. 15. HOW IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE ONLINEPROVIDER AND THE PRIMARY SCHOOL OF ENROLLMENT INITIATED ?Enrollment is requested as a primary school counselor files a “Course Credit Acknowledgement” (CCA) at the request of the student and the student’s parent.21
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  17. 17. “Fully Executed” USOE will notify both the School Counselor and the Provider once a CCA is “Fully Executed.” This means that the student is now enrolled in the requested course, and the Provider may initiate instruction.27
  18. 18. Course withdrawal is governed by A student may withdraw or cease Board Rule. participation in an online course within 10 days of student enrollment confirmation by the USOE (R277-726-1(S)).28
  19. 19. No CAN A STUDENT ENROLL AT ANY TIME? …and Yes Enrollment in an Online Course for a givensemester must occur within 10 school days of Course Enrollment at the Primary School of Enrollment unless the student does not have a full class schedule (R277-726-4(D)). at the student’s primary school of enrollment29
  20. 20. Can Primary LEAs develop participationcalendars to encourage orderly enrollment? YESBe aware of the local (school or district) rules governing course withdrawal (R277-726-8(A)). 30
  21. 21. SPEOP Online courses are free to students. Enrollment at the primary school of enrollmentis the funding “mechanism” for SPEOP courses.31
  22. 22. An SPEOP student may earn no more credits in a semester than the number of credits a student may earn by taking a full course load during the regular school day in a high school classroom (§53A-15-1209). Membership ≤ 1.0 “FTE”32
  23. 23. Funding is granted only for full enrollment. Please count only periods (courses) that are taken for Credit. Do not count Release Period Time when computing 2 Credits, as Release Time is Non-Credit in nature. Period Period 1 3 Period Period 4 535
  24. 24. Also, SPEOP can accommodate a student which may want to exceed the 2 credit limit for Academic or Other Reasons:  A students primary LEA of enrollment may allow an eligible student to enroll in online courses for more than the allowable number of credits (§53A-15- 1204(3)(a)).  Upon the request of an eligible student, the State Board of Education may also allow the student to enroll in online courses for more credits if the online courses better meet the academic goals of the student (§53A-15-1204(3)(b)).40 # of Course Credits > 2
  25. 25. Home-Schooled Students Home-schooled or private school students must enroll in a Utah district or charter school for at least two “traditional” school courses provided by the district or charter school of enrollment, to be eligible for the Program.41
  26. 26. An eligible students primary LEA of enrollment may not: 1. Impose restrictions on a students selection of an online course that fulfills graduation requirements and is consistent with the students SEOP or post- secondary plans (§53A-15-1204(5)(a)). 2. Give preference to an online course or online course provider (§53A-15-1204(5)(b)).47
  27. 27. A Counselor is responsible, in conjunction with the student and the students parent or legal guardian, for preparing and implementing a student education/occupation plan (SEOP) for the eligible student (§53A-1a-106; §53A-15-1204(4)(a)). Board rule requires that written SEOPs for all students “shall be signed by parents/guardians.” (R277-462-4) A Counselor may not deny a student SPEOP enrollment where a parent requests that an SEOP be amended for this purpose, unless the course is not consistent with graduation requirements or post-secondary plans, recommendations of an IEP team – or for some other48 reason specified in rule or law.
  28. 28. Students requiring special Accommodations (IEPs, LEP, 504) Students enrolled in a school district or charter school in Utah, including students with disabilities and English language learners, are eligible for enrollment in the Statewide Public Education Online Program (Utah Code 53A-15-1202(6)).49
  29. 29. The Course Credit Acknowledgment (CCA) Process and Students needing Accommodations The CCA form includes clarification about whether a student has an IEP or 504 plan.50
  30. 30. IDEA and Section 504 Requirements Online course providers (Providers) are expected to comply with IDEA and Section 504 requirements (R277-726-7(C)). Providers in the Statewide Public Education Online Program must provide the special education services and accommodations that the student requires, as per the IEP or 504 plan (Id).51
  31. 31. How can Students and Parents find out about SPEOP online courses?56 WWW.SCHOOLS.UTAH.GOV
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  33. 33. QUESTIONS for ParticipantsHow much do you think aperson with only a High School Answer:Education can increase their A person with a basic collegeearnings by getting a degree will earn 134% moreBachelor’s Degree, on average? per week. A person with a basic college degree will earn $1,038, versus $444 for a typical High School Graduate. 58
  34. 34. What Content Areas are most popular ? 2% Mathematics Language Arts Social Studies 8% 9% 21% Sciences Foreign Languages 11% Computer Sciences 23% 12% 15% Health & Fitness59 Arts
  35. 35. Questions about the Statewide Public Education Online Program?1. Visit the SPEOP Website at: Primary-Schools-and-LEAs.aspx2. Review our Providers List and Frequently Asked Questions at: Parents.aspx 3. Access SPEOP Board Rule at: 726.htm 4. Access SPEOP Statute at: 60 00.htm
  36. 36. Dr. Cory KanthStatewide Public Education Online Program Specialist, Utah State Office of Education (801) 538-7660 (Office)