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STATEWIDE ONLINE EDUCATION PROGRAM AMENDMENTS

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2012 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Howard A. Stephenson

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House Sponsor: Bradley M. Daw

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies provisions related to the Statewide Online Education Program.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    requires the program name, "Statewide Online Education Program," to be used in
             13      the dissemination of information on the program;
             14          .    provides that the State Board of Education, including an employee of the State
             15      Board of Education, may not give preference to an online course or online course
             16      provider;
             17          .    modifies the fees paid to an online course provider for an online course;
             18          .    modifies the date when an online course provider receives payment for an online
             19      course;
             20          .    prescribes when a student may withdraw from an online course;
             21          .    prescribes procedures for the completion of a course credit acknowledgement;
             22          .    prohibits a student who enrolls in an online course from being counted in
             23      membership for a released-time class, if counting the student in membership for a
             24      released-time class would result in the student being counted as more than one FTE;
             25          .    permits a student taking an online course to take more than a full course load if
             26      allowed under local school board or charter school governing board policy;
             27          .    modifies requirements for reports on the performance of an online course provider;
             28          .    provides for a declaration of intent to enroll in an online course and changes to a
             29      high school course schedule;


             30          .    provides for reporting of noncompliance, and enforcement of compliance, with
             31      requirements of the Statewide Online Education Program;
             32          .    provides for an audit of the Electronic High School;
             33          .    specifies the purpose of the Electronic High School;
             34          .    provides that the Electronic High School may only offer courses required for high
             35      school graduation or that fulfill core curriculum course requirements;
             36          .    removes the Electronic High School as an online course provider in the Statewide
             37      Online Education Program; and
             38          .    makes technical changes.
             39      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             40          None
             41      Other Special Clauses:
             42          This bill provides effective dates.
             43      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             44      AMENDS:
             45          53A-15-1002 (Effective 07/01/12), as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter
             46      419
             47          53A-15-1003, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 227
             48          53A-15-1006 (Effective 07/01/12), as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter
             49      419
             50          53A-15-1202, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 419
             51          53A-15-1204, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 419
             52          53A-15-1205, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 419
             53          53A-15-1206, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 419
             54          53A-15-1207, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 419
             55          53A-15-1208, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 419
             56          53A-15-1209, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 419
             57          53A-15-1211, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 419


             58          53A-15-1212, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 419
             59      ENACTS:
             60          53A-15-1002.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             61          53A-15-1008, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             62          53A-15-1201.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             63          53A-15-1206.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             64          53A-15-1212.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             65          53A-15-1216, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             66          53A-15-1217, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             67     
             68      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             69          Section 1. Section 53A-15-1002 (Effective 07/01/12) is amended to read:
             70           53A-15-1002 (Effective 07/01/12). Definitions.
             71          As used in this part:
             72          (1) "Board" means the State Board of Education.
             73          (2) "Electronic High School" means a rigorous program offering grade 9 - 12 level
             74      online courses [through the Statewide Online Education Program] and coordinated by the
             75      board.
             76          [(3) "Eligible student" has the meaning defined in Section 53A-15-1202 .]
             77          [(4)] (3) "Home-schooled student" means a student:
             78          (a) [who] attends a home school;
             79          (b) is exempt from school attendance pursuant to Section 53A-11-102 ; and
             80          (c) attends no more than two regularly scheduled classes or courses in a public school
             81      per semester.
             82          [(5)] (4) "Open-entry, open-exit" means:
             83          (a) a method of instructional delivery that allows for flexible scheduling in response to
             84      individual student needs or requirements and demonstrated competency when knowledge and
             85      skills have been mastered; and


             86          (b) students have the flexibility to begin or end study at any time, progress through
             87      course material at their own pace, and demonstrate competency when knowledge and skills
             88      have been mastered.
             89          Section 2. Section 53A-15-1002.5 is enacted to read:
             90          53A-15-1002.5. Electronic High School created -- Purpose.
             91          The Electronic High School is created:
             92          (1) to provide an opportunity for a student who has failed a course to retake the course
             93      and earn course credit;
             94          (2) to allow a student to complete high school graduation requirements and exit high
             95      school early;
             96          (3) to allow a student to take a course online so that the student has greater flexibility
             97      in scheduling courses during the regular school day; and
             98          (4) to allow a home-schooled or private school student in Utah to take a course within
             99      the Utah high school core curriculum.
             100          Section 3. Section 53A-15-1003 is amended to read:
             101           53A-15-1003. Courses and credit.
             102          (1) The Electronic High School may only offer courses required for high school
             103      graduation or that fulfill core curriculum course requirements established by the State Board of
             104      Education.
             105          [(1)] (2) The Electronic High School shall:
             106          (a) offer courses in an open-entry, open-exit format; and
             107          (b) offer core curriculum courses that are in conformance with course standards and
             108      objectives established by the board.
             109          [(2)] (3) Public schools shall:
             110          (a) accept all credits awarded to students by the Electronic High School; and
             111          (b) apply credits awarded for a core curriculum course toward the fulfillment of core
             112      curriculum requirements.
             113          Section 4. Section 53A-15-1006 (Effective 07/01/12) is amended to read:


             114           53A-15-1006 (Effective 07/01/12). Payment for an Electronic High School course.
             115          [(1) (a) The Electronic High School shall receive payment for an eligible student's
             116      enrollment in an online course as provided by Sections 53A-15-1206 through 53A-15-1208 .]
             117          [(b) For fiscal year 2012-13, a private or home school student whose custodial parent
             118      or legal guardian is a resident of Utah may enroll in an Electronic High School course subject
             119      to the availability of funds appropriated by the Legislature for that purpose.]
             120          [(2) A student whose custodial parent or legal guardian is not a resident of Utah may
             121      enroll in an Electronic High School course for a fee set by the board, provided that the course
             122      can accommodate additional students.]
             123          (1) Electronic High School courses are provided to students who are Utah residents, as
             124      defined in Section 53A-2-201 , free of charge.
             125          (2) Nonresident students may enroll in Electronic High School courses for a fee set by
             126      the board, provided that the course can accommodate additional students.
             127          Section 5. Section 53A-15-1008 is enacted to read:
             128          53A-15-1008. Review by legislative auditor general.
             129          (1) The legislative auditor general shall conduct a performance audit of the Electronic
             130      High School as directed by the Legislative Audit Subcommittee.
             131          (2) In conducting the performance audit of the Electronic High School, the legislative
             132      auditor general shall develop performance metrics using factors such as:
             133          (a) course completion rate;
             134          (b) number of credits earned; and
             135          (c) cost of providing online courses.
             136          (3) The legislative auditor general shall use the performance metrics developed under
             137      Subsection (2) to evaluate the Electronic High School in comparison with other online
             138      programs.
             139          Section 6. Section 53A-15-1201.5 is enacted to read:
             140          53A-15-1201.5. Program name.
             141          (1) The program created under this part shall be known as the "Statewide Online


             142      Education Program."
             143          (2) The program name, "Statewide Online Education Program," shall be used in the
             144      dissemination of information on the program.
             145          Section 7. Section 53A-15-1202 is amended to read:
             146           53A-15-1202. Definitions.
             147          As used in this part:
             148          [(1) "Adjusted per pupil revenues" means an amount equal to average charter high
             149      school per pupil revenues times 0.77.]
             150          [(2) "Average charter high school per pupil revenues" means an amount equal to
             151      charter high school revenues divided by the average daily membership of charter high schools
             152      statewide.]
             153          [(3) "Charter high school" means a charter school in which only students in grades 9,
             154      10, 11, or 12 are enrolled.]
             155          [(4) "Charter high school revenues" means an amount equal to total general fund
             156      revenues of charter high schools statewide as reported in the most recently published annual
             157      financial report.]
             158          [(5)] (1) "District school" means a public school under the control of a local school
             159      board elected pursuant to Title 20A, Chapter 14, Nomination and Election of State and Local
             160      School Boards.
             161          [(6)] (2) "Eligible student" means:
             162          (a) a student enrolled in a district school or charter school in Utah; or
             163          (b) beginning on July 1, 2013, a student:
             164          (i) who attends a private school or home school; and
             165          (ii) whose custodial parent or legal guardian is a resident of Utah.
             166          [(7)] (3) "LEA" means a local education agency in Utah that has administrative control
             167      and direction for public education.
             168          [(8)] (4) "Online course" means a course of instruction offered by the Statewide Online
             169      Education Program through the use of digital technology.


             170          [(9)] (5) "Primary LEA of enrollment" means the LEA in which an eligible student is
             171      enrolled for courses other than online courses offered through the Statewide Online Education
             172      Program.
             173          (6) "Released-time" means a period of time during the regular school day a student is
             174      excused from school at the request of the student's parent or guardian pursuant to rules of the
             175      State Board of Education.
             176          Section 8. Section 53A-15-1204 is amended to read:
             177           53A-15-1204. Option to enroll in online courses offered through the Statewide
             178      Online Education Program.
             179          (1) Subject to the course limitations provided in Subsection (2), an eligible student may
             180      enroll in an online course offered through the Statewide Online Education Program if:
             181          (a) the student meets the course prerequisites; [and]
             182          (b) the course is open for enrollment[.];
             183          (c) the online course is aligned with the student's student education/occupation plan
             184      (SEOP);
             185          (d) the online course is consistent with the student's individual education plan (IEP), if
             186      the student has an IEP; and
             187          (e) the online course is consistent with the student's international baccalaureate
             188      program, if the student is participating in an international baccalaureate program.
             189          (2) An eligible student may enroll in online courses for no more than the following
             190      number of credits:
             191          (a) in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years, two credits;
             192          (b) in the 2013-14 school year, three credits;
             193          (c) in the 2014-15 school year, four credits;
             194          (d) in the 2015-16 school year, five credits; and
             195          (e) beginning with the 2016-17 school year, six credits.
             196          (3) Notwithstanding Subsection (2):
             197          (a) a student's primary LEA of enrollment may allow an eligible student to enroll in


             198      online courses for more than the number of credits specified in Subsection (2); or
             199          (b) upon the request of an eligible student, the State Board of Education may allow the
             200      student to enroll in online courses for more than the number of credits specified in Subsection
             201      (2), if the online courses better meet the academic goals of the student.
             202          (4) An eligible student's primary LEA of enrollment:
             203          (a) in conjunction with the student and the student's parent or legal guardian, is
             204      responsible for preparing and implementing a student education/occupation plan (SEOP) for
             205      the eligible student, as provided in Section 53A-1a-106 ; and
             206          (b) shall assist an eligible student in scheduling courses in accordance with the
             207      student's SEOP, graduation requirements, and the student's post-secondary plans.
             208          (5) An eligible student's primary LEA of enrollment may not:
             209          (a) impose restrictions on a student's selection of an online course that fulfills
             210      graduation requirements and is consistent with the student's SEOP or post-secondary plans; or
             211          (b) give preference to an online course or online course provider.
             212          (6) The State Board of Education, including an employee of the State Board of
             213      Education, may not give preference to an online course or online course provider.
             214          (7) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (7)(b), a person may not provide an
             215      inducement or incentive to a public school student to participate in the Statewide Online
             216      Education Program.
             217          (b) For purposes of Subsection (7)(a):
             218          (i) "Inducement or incentive" does not mean:
             219          (A) instructional materials or software necessary to take an online course; or
             220          (B) access to a computer or digital learning device for the purpose of taking an online
             221      course.
             222          (ii) "Person" does not include a relative of the public school student.
             223          Section 9. Section 53A-15-1205 is amended to read:
             224           53A-15-1205. Authorized online course providers.
             225          The following entities may offer online courses to eligible students through the


             226      Statewide Online Education Program:
             227          [(1) beginning with the 2012-13 2013-14 school year, the Electronic High School
             228      established in Part 10, Electronic High School Act;]
             229          [(2)] (1) beginning with the 2011-12 school year, a charter school or district school
             230      created exclusively for the purpose of serving students online; and
             231          [(3)] (2) beginning with the 2011-12 school year, an LEA program, approved by the
             232      LEA's governing board, that is created exclusively for the purpose of serving students online.
             233          Section 10. Section 53A-15-1206 is amended to read:
             234           53A-15-1206. Payment for an online course.
             235          [(1) The fee for an online course is an amount equal to the product of:]
             236          [(a) adjusted per pupil revenues; and]
             237          [(b) one-eighth the number of credits a student may earn for the online course.]
             238          (1) For the 2012-13 school year, the fee for a .5 credit online course or .5 credit of a 1
             239      credit online course is:
             240          (a) $200 for the following core curriculum courses, except a concurrent enrollment
             241      course:
             242          (i) financial literacy;
             243          (ii) health;
             244          (iii) fitness for life; and
             245          (iv) computer literacy;
             246          (b) $200 for driver education;
             247          (c) $250 for a course that meets core curriculum requirements in fine arts or career and
             248      technical education, except a concurrent enrollment course;
             249          (d) $300 for the following courses:
             250          (i) a course that meets core curriculum requirements in social studies, except a
             251      concurrent enrollment course; and
             252          (ii) a world language course, except a concurrent enrollment course;
             253          (e) $350 for the following courses:


             254          (i) a course that meets core curriculum requirements for language arts, mathematics, or
             255      science; and
             256          (ii) a concurrent enrollment course; and
             257          (f) $250 for a course not described in Subsections (1)(a) through (e).
             258          (2) If a course meets the requirements of more than one course fee category described
             259      in Subsection (1), the course fee shall be the lowest of the applicable course fee categories.
             260          (3) Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, the online course fees described in
             261      Subsection (1) shall be adjusted each school year in accordance with the percentage change in
             262      value of the weighted pupil unit from the previous school year.
             263          [(2)] (4) An online learning provider shall receive payment for an online course as
             264      follows:
             265          (a) for a [one semester] .5 credit online course, 50% of the online course fee [upon the
             266      student enrolling in the online course] after the withdrawal period described in Section
             267      53A-15-1206.5 ;
             268          (b) for a [full-year] 1 credit online course, 25% of the online course fee [upon the
             269      student enrolling in the online course] after the withdrawal period described in Section
             270      53A-15-1206.5 and 25% of the online course fee upon the beginning of the second [semester]
             271      .5 credit of the online course; and
             272          (c) if a student completes a [full-year] 1 credit online course within 12 months or a
             273      [one-semester] .5 credit course within nine weeks following the end of [the] a traditional
             274      semester, 50% of the online course fee.
             275          [(3)] (5) (a) If a student fails to complete a [one-year] 1 credit course within 12 months
             276      or a [one-semester] .5 credit course within nine weeks following the end of [the] a traditional
             277      semester, the student may continue to be enrolled in the course until the student graduates from
             278      high school.
             279          (b) To encourage an online course provider to provide remediation to a student who
             280      remains enrolled in an online course pursuant to Subsection [(3)] (5)(a) and avoid the need for
             281      credit recovery, an online course provider shall receive a payment equal to 30% of the online


             282      course fee if the student completes the online course before the student graduates from high
             283      school.
             284          (6) Notwithstanding the online course fees prescribed in Subsections (1) through (3), a
             285      school district or charter school may:
             286          (a) negotiate a fee with an online course provider for an amount up to the amount
             287      prescribed in Subsections (1) through (3); and
             288          (b) pay the negotiated fee instead of the fee prescribed in Subsections (1) through (3).
             289          (7) An online course provider who contracts with a vendor for the acquisition of online
             290      course content or online course instruction may negotiate the payment for the vendor's service
             291      independent of the fees specified in Subsections (1) through (3).
             292          Section 11. Section 53A-15-1206.5 is enacted to read:
             293          53A-15-1206.5. Withdrawal from an online course.
             294          (1) An online course provider shall establish a start date for an online course, including
             295      a start date for the second .5 credit of a 1 credit online course.
             296          (2) Except as provided in Subsection (3), a student may withdraw from an online
             297      course:
             298          (a) within 20 school calendar days of the start date, if the student enrolls in an online
             299      course on or before the start date established pursuant to Subsection (1); or
             300          (b) within 20 school calendar days of enrolling in the online course, if the student
             301      enrolls in an online course after the start date established pursuant to Subsection (1).
             302          (3) (a) A student may withdraw from a 1 credit online course within 20 school calendar
             303      days of the start date of the second .5 credit of the online course.
             304          (b) An online course provider shall refund a payment received for the second .5 credit
             305      of an online course if a student withdraws from the online course pursuant to Subsection (3)(a).
             306          (c) If a student withdraws from a 1 credit online course as provided in Subsection
             307      (3)(a), the online course provider shall receive payment for the student's completion of .5 credit
             308      of the 1 credit course in the same manner as an online course provider receives payment for a
             309      student's completion of a .5 credit online course as described in Subsection 53A-15-1206 (4).


             310          Section 12. Section 53A-15-1207 is amended to read:
             311           53A-15-1207. State Board of Education to deduct funds and make payments --
             312      Plan for the payment of online courses taken by private and home school students.
             313          (1) (a) [Upon the receipt of a course credit acknowledgment described in Section
             314      53A-15-1208 , the] The State Board of Education shall deduct [an amount equal to the online
             315      course fee described in Section 53A-15-1206 ] money from funds allocated to the student's
             316      primary LEA of enrollment under Chapter 17a, Minimum School Program Act[.], to pay for
             317      online course fees.
             318          (b) Money shall be deducted under Subsection (1) in the amount and at the time an
             319      online course provider qualifies to receive payment for an online course as provided in
             320      Subsection 53A-15-1206 (4).
             321          (2) From money deducted under Subsection (1), the State Board of Education shall
             322      make payments to the student's online course provider as provided in Section 53A-15-1206 .
             323          [(3) A balance remaining at the time a student graduates shall lapse into the Uniform
             324      School Fund.]
             325          [(4)] (3) The Legislature shall establish a plan, which shall take effect beginning on
             326      July 1, 2013, for the payment of online courses taken by a private school or home school
             327      student.
             328          Section 13. Section 53A-15-1208 is amended to read:
             329           53A-15-1208. Course credit acknowledgement.
             330          (1) A student's primary LEA of enrollment and the student's online course provider
             331      shall enter into a course credit acknowledgement in which the primary LEA of enrollment and
             332      the online course provider acknowledge that the online course provider is responsible for the
             333      instruction of the student in a specified online course.
             334          (2) The terms of the course credit acknowledgement shall provide that:
             335          (a) the online course provider shall receive a payment in the amount provided under
             336      Section [ 53A-15-1207 ] 53A-15-1206 ; and
             337          [(b) the online course provider shall refund a payment received for a student who


             338      enrolls in an online course if the student withdraws from the online course within 10 days; and]
             339          [(c) (b)] (b) the student's primary LEA of enrollment acknowledges that the State
             340      Board of Education will deduct [an amount equal to the online course fee from] funds allocated
             341      to the LEA under Chapter 17a, Minimum School Program Act[.], in the amount and at the time
             342      the online course provider qualifies to receive payment for the online course as provided in
             343      Subsection 53A-15-1206 (4).
             344          [(3) A primary LEA of enrollment and an online course provider shall submit a copy of
             345      a course credit acknowledgement to the State Board of Education in accordance with
             346      procedures established by the State Board of Education.]
             347          (3) (a) A course credit acknowledgement may originate with either an online course
             348      provider or primary LEA of enrollment.
             349          (b) The originating entity shall submit the course credit acknowledgement to the State
             350      Board of Education who shall forward it to the primary LEA of enrollment for course selection
             351      verification or the online course provider for acceptance.
             352          (c) (i) A primary LEA of enrollment may only reject a course credit acknowledgement
             353      if:
             354          (A) the online course is not aligned with the student's SEOP;
             355          (B) the online course is not consistent with the student's IEP, if the student has an IEP;
             356          (C) the online course is not consistent with the student's international baccalaureate
             357      program, if the student participates in an international baccalaureate program; or
             358          (D) the number of online course credits exceeds the maximum allowed for the year as
             359      provided in Section 53A-15-1204 .
             360          (ii) Verification of alignment of an online course with a student's SEOP does not
             361      require a meeting with the student.
             362          (d) An online course provider may only reject a course credit acknowledgement if:
             363          (i) the student does not meet course prerequisites; or
             364          (ii) the course is not open for enrollment.
             365          (e) A primary LEA of enrollment or online course provider shall submit an acceptance


             366      or rejection of a course credit acknowledgement to the State Board of Education within 72
             367      business hours of the receipt of a course credit acknowledgement from the State Board of
             368      Education pursuant to Subsection (3)(b).
             369          (f) If an online course provider accepts a course credit acknowledgement, the online
             370      course provider shall forward to the primary LEA of enrollment the online course start date as
             371      established under Section 53A-15-1206.5 .
             372          (g) If an online course provider rejects a course credit acknowledgement, the online
             373      course provider shall include an explanation which the State Board of Education shall forward
             374      to the primary LEA of enrollment for the purpose of assisting a student with future online
             375      course selection.
             376          (h) If a primary LEA of enrollment does not submit an acceptance or rejection of a
             377      course credit acknowledgement to the State Board of Education within 72 business hours of the
             378      receipt of a course credit acknowledgement from the State Board of Education pursuant to
             379      Subsection (3)(b), the State Board of Education shall consider the course credit
             380      acknowledgement accepted.
             381          (i) (i) Upon acceptance of a course credit acknowledgement, the primary LEA of
             382      enrollment shall notify the student of the acceptance and the start date for the online course as
             383      established under Section 53A-15-1206.5 .
             384          (ii) Upon rejection of a course credit acknowledgement, the primary LEA of
             385      enrollment shall notify the student of the rejection and provide an explanation of the rejection.
             386          (j) If the online course student has an individual education plan (IEP) or 504
             387      accommodations, the primary LEA of enrollment shall forward the IEP or description of 504
             388      accommodations to the online course provider within 72 business hours after the primary LEA
             389      of enrollment receives notice that the online course provider accepted the course credit
             390      acknowledgement.
             391          (4) (a) A primary LEA of enrollment may not reject a course credit acknowledgement,
             392      because the LEA is negotiating, or intends to negotiate, an online course fee with the online
             393      course provider pursuant to Subsection 53A-15-1206 (6).


             394          (b) If a primary LEA of enrollment negotiates an online course fee with an online
             395      course provider before the start date of an online course, a course credit acknowledgement may
             396      be amended to reflect the negotiated online course fee.
             397          Section 14. Section 53A-15-1209 is amended to read:
             398           53A-15-1209. Online course credit hours included in daily membership --
             399      Limitation.
             400          (1) Subject to Subsection (2), a student's primary LEA of enrollment shall include
             401      online course credit hours in calculating daily membership.
             402          (2) A student may not count as more than one FTE, unless the student intends to
             403      complete high school graduation requirements, and exit high school, early, in accordance with
             404      the student's education/occupation plan (SEOP).
             405          (3) A student who enrolls in an online course may not be counted in membership for a
             406      released-time class, if counting the student in membership for a released-time class would
             407      result in the student being counted as more than one FTE.
             408          [(3)] (4) Except as provided in Subsection [(4)] (5), a student enrolled in an online
             409      course may earn no more credits in a [semester] year than the number of credits a student may
             410      earn in a year by taking a full course load during the regular school day in [a high school
             411      classroom] the student's primary LEA of enrollment.
             412          [(4)] (5) A student enrolled in an online course may earn more credits in a [semester]
             413      year than the number of credits a student may earn in a year by taking a full course load during
             414      the regular school day in [a high school classroom] the student's primary LEA of enrollment:
             415          (a) if the student intends to complete high school graduation requirements, and exit
             416      high school, early, in accordance with the student's education/occupation plan (SEOP)[.]; or
             417          (b) if allowed under local school board or charter school governing board policy.
             418          Section 15. Section 53A-15-1211 is amended to read:
             419           53A-15-1211. Report on performance of online course providers.
             420          (1) The State Board of Education, in collaboration with online course providers, shall
             421      develop a report on the performance of online course providers, which may be used to evaluate


             422      the Statewide Online Education Program and assess the quality of an online course provider.
             423          (2) A report on the performance of an online course provider shall include:
             424          [(a) data on the performance of the online course provider's students on statewide
             425      assessments administered under Chapter 1, Part 6, Achievement Tests;]
             426          (a) scores aggregated by test on statewide assessments administered under Chapter 1,
             427      Part 6, Achievement Tests, taken by students at the end of an online course offered through the
             428      Statewide Online Education Program;
             429          (b) the percentage of the online course provider's students who complete online courses
             430      within the applicable time period specified in Subsection 53A-15-1206 (4)(c); [and]
             431          (c) the percentage of the online course provider's students who complete online courses
             432      after the applicable time period specified in Subsection 53A-15-1206 (4)(c) and before the
             433      student graduates from high school; and
             434          [(c)] (d) the pupil-teacher ratio for the combined online courses of the online course
             435      provider.
             436          (3) The State Board of Education shall post a report on the performance of an online
             437      course provider on the Statewide Online Education Program's website.
             438          Section 16. Section 53A-15-1212 is amended to read:
             439           53A-15-1212. Dissemination of information on the Statewide Online Education
             440      Program.
             441          (1) The State Board of Education shall develop a website for the Statewide Online
             442      Education Program which shall include:
             443          (a) a description of the Statewide Online Education Program, including its purposes;
             444          (b) information on who is eligible to enroll, and how an eligible student may enroll, in
             445      an online course;
             446          (c) a directory of online course providers;
             447          (d) a link to a course catalog for each online course provider; and
             448          (e) a report on the performance of online course providers as required by Section
             449      53A-15-1211 .


             450          (2) An online course provider shall provide the following information on the online
             451      course provider's website:
             452          (a) a description of the Statewide Online Education Program, including its purposes;
             453          (b) information on who is eligible to enroll, and how an eligible student may enroll, in
             454      an online course;
             455          (c) a course [catalogue] catalog;
             456          [(d) data on the performance of the online course provider's students on statewide
             457      assessments administered under Chapter 1, Part 6, Achievement Tests;]
             458          (d) scores aggregated by test on statewide assessments administered under Chapter 1,
             459      Part 6, Achievement Tests, taken by students at the end of an online course offered through the
             460      Statewide Online Education Program;
             461          (e) the percentage of an online course provider's students who complete online courses
             462      within the applicable time period specified in Subsection 53A-15-1206 (4)(c); [and]
             463          (f) the percentage of an online course provider's students who complete online courses
             464      after the applicable time period specified in Subsection 53A-15-1206 (4)(c) and before the
             465      student graduates from high school; and
             466          [(f)] (g) the online learning provider's pupil-teacher ratio for the online courses
             467      combined.
             468          [(3) An LEA shall provide information both written and online on the Statewide
             469      Online Education Program, including:]
             470          [(a) a description of the Statewide Online Education Program, including its purposes;]
             471          [(b) information on who is eligible to enroll, and how an eligible student may enroll, in
             472      an online course; and]
             473          [(c) information on how to access the Statewide Online Education Program website.]
             474          [(4) An LEA shall include the written information described in Subsection (3) in high
             475      school course registration materials.]
             476          Section 17. Section 53A-15-1212.5 is enacted to read:
             477          53A-15-1212.5. Time period to enroll in an online course.


             478          (1) To provide an LEA and online course providers with estimates of online course
             479      enrollment, a student should enroll in an online course, or declare an intention to enroll in an
             480      online course, during the high school course registration period designated by the LEA.
             481          (2) Notwithstanding Subsection (1) and except as provided in Subsection (3), a student
             482      may enroll in an online course at any time during a calendar year.
             483          (3) (a) A student may alter a course schedule by dropping a traditional classroom
             484      course and adding an online course consistent with course schedule alteration procedures
             485      adopted by the student's primary LEA of enrollment or high school.
             486          (b) A school district's or high school's deadline for dropping a traditional classroom
             487      course and adding an online course shall be the same deadline for dropping and adding a
             488      traditional classroom course.
             489          Section 18. Section 53A-15-1216 is enacted to read:
             490          53A-15-1216. Report of noncompliance -- Action to ensure compliance.
             491          (1) The state superintendent shall report to the State Board of Education any report of
             492      noncompliance of this part made to a member of the staff of the State Board of Education.
             493          (2) The State Board of Education shall take appropriate action to ensure compliance
             494      with this part.
             495          Section 19. Section 53A-15-1217 is enacted to read:
             496          53A-15-1217. Agreements for online instruction.
             497          (1) In addition to offering online courses to students through the Statewide Online
             498      Education Program, a school district or charter school may enter into an agreement with
             499      another school district or charter school or a consortium of school districts or charter schools to
             500      provide online instruction to the school district's or charter school's students.
             501          (2) Online instruction offered pursuant to Subsection (1) is not subject to the
             502      requirements of this part.
             503          Section 20. Effective date.
             504          (1) Except as provided in Subsection (2), this bill takes effect on May 8, 2012.
             505          (2) The amendments to the following sections take effect on July 1, 2012:


             506          (a) Section 53A-15-1002 ; and
             507          (b) Section 53A-15-1006 .


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