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THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234

TO:

EMSC Committee

FROM:

John B. King, Jr.

SUBJECT:

Draft Proposed Policy on Receiving Course Credit for Independent Study and General Part 100 Guidance to the Field

DATE:

February 22, 2010

AUTHORIZATION(S):

 

 

SUMMARY

 

Issue for Discussion

 

 

Issues for Information

 

 

 

 

Reason for Consideration

 

 

 

Proposed Handling

This item will be before the EMSC Committee for discussion in March 2010.

 

In order to maximize opportunities for student learning and the associated awarding of credit towards graduation, we are recommending a comprehensive set of four (4) actions by the Regents and by staff that include, but are not limited to, traditional learning, online learning, project-based learning and cultural education center learning opportunities.   Those actions are:

A.  Regents Actions:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A student may earn a maximum of 3 units of elective credit towards a Regents diploma through independent study. To award independent study credit, the following provisions must be met:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B.  Staff Actions:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    1. the specific regulation(s) from which a variance is requested;
    2. the need for such variance;
    3. a detailed description of the program or activities which will be substituted for the requirement for which the variance is requested;
    4. the expected time needed to carry out the substitute program or activities;
    5. a plan for evaluating the substitute program or activities;
    6. the school or school district's agreement to submit a follow-up report to the commissioner within six months after conclusion of the substitute program or activities, and within one month after the end of each school year in the case of ongoing substitute programs or activities; and
    7. in lieu of the requirements set forth in (b) through (f) above, a statement and supporting evidence concerning the school's status of accreditation by a statewide or regional accrediting body recognized by the Commissioner may be submitted.

 

Staff will develop a system for review of submitted variances as well as guidance related thereto.

 

Summary - Taken collectively, these actions will provide a student the opportunity to attain a significant number of credits through non-traditional means, will increase opportunities for student learning in general, will allow greater flexibility for local schools, and will provide needed guidance to existing practices in the field.