Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 04-01-045.
Title of Rule: WAC 180-50-320 Equivalency course of study -- National Guard high school career training and approval procedures and 180-50-300 Equivalency course of study -- Credit for learning experiences conducted away from school by persons not employed [by the school district].
Purpose: In the 2002 legislative session, legislation was passed to establish a National Guard youth challenge program in Washington state (see RCW 28A.305.170). State and federal dollars will support the program. The target date to begin serving students is January 2005. The authorizing legislation directs the state board to adopt implementing rules.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.305.130.
Summary: See Purpose above.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: Legislative mandate.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Larry Davis, State Board of Education, Olympia, (360) 725-6024.
Name of Proponent: State Board of Education, governmental.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: See Purpose above.
Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: The proposed language will allow students participating in the National Guard youth challenge program to receive high school credits in the same manner as credits are awarded under WAC 180-50-310.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. Not applicable.
RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption. Not applicable.
Hearing Location: Olympia School District Administration Building, 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia, WA 98501-1967, on March 18, 2004, at 8:30 a.m.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Laura Moore by March 4, 2004, TTY (360) 664-3631 or (360) 725-6027.
Submit Written Comments to: Rules Coordinator, State Board of Education, P.O. Box 47206, Olympia, WA 98504-7206, fax (360) 586-2357, by March 4, 2004.
Date of Intended Adoption: March 19, 2004.
January 31, 2004
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-19-106, filed 9/20/00, effective 10/21/00)
WAC 180-50-300 Equivalency course of study -- Credit for learning experiences conducted away from school or by persons not employed by the school district. (1) Credit, including high school graduation credit, may be granted for school planned or approved learning experiences primarily conducted away from the facilities owned, operated, or supervised by the district or conducted primarily by individuals not employed by the district.
(2) School planned or approved learning experiences such as, but not limited to, travel study, work study, private lessons, National Guard youth challenge program and educational programs sponsored by governmental agencies may be accepted for credit upon compliance with written policies established by the district.
(3) Written policies which permit the granting of credit for such out-of-school learning activities shall be adopted by the district board of directors and shall be available to students, parents, and the public upon request. Such policies shall include at least the following provisions:
(4) A proposal for approval of credit for such learning experiences shall be submitted to the personnel designated in the written policy for review, revision, and approval or disapproval prior to the experience and shall include at least the following information:
(a) Name of program or planned learning experience;
(b) Length of time for which approval is desired;
(c) Objectives of the program or planned learning experience;
(d) Which one or more of the state learning goals and related essential academic learning requirements are part of the program or planned learning experience;
(e) Description of how credits shall be determined in accord with WAC 180-51-050(1);
(f) Content outline of the program and/or major learning activities and instructional materials to be used;
(g) Description of how student performance will be assessed;
(h) Qualifications of instructional personnel;
(i) Plans for evaluation of program; and
(j) How and by whom the student will be supervised.
(5) The reasons for approval or disapproval shall be communicated to the students and parents or guardians.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120. 00-19-106, § 180-50-300, filed 9/20/00, effective 10/21/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120 (6) and (8). 84-21-004 (Order 12-84), § 180-50-300, filed 10/4/84.]
(b) Approval by the district shall be obtained prior to a student's participation in a National Guard career training program as follows:
(1))) (i) MIL Form 115 or an equivalent form now or
hereafter provided by the National Guard shall be completed
and filed with the school district; and
(2))) (ii) The number of credits toward high school
graduation to be granted shall be calculated, agreed upon by
the student and an authorized representative of the school
district, and such agreement noted on MIL Form 115 or such
(c) Credit toward high school graduation may be granted by the school district upon certification by a National Guard training unit commander on the completion component of MIL Form 115 or such equivalent form that the student has met all program requirements.
(2)(a) School districts may accept National Guard youth challenge program participation in lieu of either required or elective high school credits. Students who are enrolled in such a National Guard program shall not be considered enrolled in a school district for state equalization apportionment and other appropriate purposes.
(b) Upon successful completion of the National Guard youth challenge program, verified on a written form by the National Guard youth challenge program administrator and instructor, the student shall be granted high school credits in the same manner as credits are awarded under WAC 180-50-310.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120 (6) and (8). 84-21-004 (Order 12-84), § 180-50-320, filed 10/4/84.]