|School City of East Chicago|
|Bylaws & Policies|
5463 - CREDITS AND PLACEMENT FROM NONACCREDITED SCHOOLS
In recognizing its responsibility to uphold the minimum educational standards of the State of Indiana and protect the significance of a diploma issued by the School Board, the Board recognizes only accreditation provided by the State of Indiana or accreditation provided by the education agency of another state that maintains educational standards for its students similar to those maintained by the State of Indiana. The Board establishes the following policy and criteria regarding the acceptance of credits from nonaccredited schools, home schools, and schools not accredited by the education agency of a state (hereafter "nonaccredited schools").
Recognition of credits or course-work earned in nonaccredited schools may be granted when the student's transcript has been received and it is determined that the course-work was equivalent to Indiana Academic Standards. The Board reserves the right to assess transfer students from nonaccredited schools in order to determine proper placement and/or granting of credit and to be assured the student can demonstrate the learnings which are prerequisite to a placement and/or granting of credit.
Whenever a student seeks to transfer into the Corporation from a nonaccredited school the following procedures will be used to determine the student's proper grade placement or credits toward graduation.
|A.||Identify the grade level that the student's age would indicate is the likely grade placement.|
|B.||Review the courses of study for that grade to determine the critical learnings that would be prerequisite for success at subsequent grade levels or courses.|
|C.||Review the student's performance (if available) on tests and/or other means of assessment that were used to assess the student's learning while participating in the nonaccredited school. Determine whether the critical learnings identified in the Board's courses of study were properly assessed and, if so, how well the student has achieved each critical learning.|
|D.||If no prior assessment data is available, identify which tests (standardized or Corporation-made) as well as other means of assessment (research project, term paper, and the like) will be used to assess the student's achievement of the critical learnings. Arrange for the student to be assessed using the identified instruments.|
|E.||If the assessment so indicates, assign the student to the grade or course level suggested at the first step (with or without special assistance).|
|F.||If the assessment indicates that another grade or course level is more appropriate, register the student in that grade or course level and make whatever arrangements are necessary to provide for any needed assistance indicated by the assessment.|
The principal of the school the student will attend shall make the initial determination regarding the proper placement of the student and the extent to which any credit will be granted. The decision of the principal may be appealed to the Superintendent whose decision shall be final.
If credits from a nonaccredited school are granted and placed on a student's transcript, no grades will be entered on the transcript or considered for class ranking. Only grades awarded for courses taken in an accredited school shall be considered in class ranking and entered on the student's transcript from the Board schools.