(1) This section sets forth the assurances and criteria that online providers must meet to be approved under this chapter.
(a) To be approved, online providers must provide the following assurances to the superintendent of public instruction:
(i) The online provider is accredited through an accrediting body as defined in WAC 392-502-010
and agrees to maintain accredited status for the duration of the approval period.
(ii) Each course and program the online provider offers is aligned with at least eighty percent of the current applicable grade/subject area of Washington state standards. For courses with content that is not included in state standards, the online provider's courses are aligned with at least eighty percent of nationally accepted content standards set for the relevant subjects. Online providers must submit information to the superintendent regarding the standards alignment and the standards aligned.
(iii) All instruction delivered to Washington state students is delivered by Washington state certificated teachers who are assigned to instruct courses in a manner which meets the "highly qualified" definition under the No Child Left Behind Act and in a manner which meets the requirements set forth in chapter 181-82
(iv) For online providers that offer high school courses, the courses offered by the online provider must be eligible for high school credit pursuant to WAC 180-51-050
(v) All of the online provider's current and future courses in the applicable areas meet the credit/content requirements in chapter 392-410
(vi) All advanced placement courses offered by the online provider have been approved in accordance with the college board advanced placement course audit. For advanced placement courses not yet offered at the time of application, the online provider must assure that those courses will be approved by the college board prior to offering those courses to students.
(vii) The online provider's data management systems ensure all student information remains confidential, as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended.
(viii) The online provider's web systems and content meet accessibility conformance levels specified in the list of approved provider assurances on the office of superintendent of public instruction's web site.
(ix) The online provider provides all information as directed or as requested by the office of superintendent of public instruction, the secretary for the department of education, and other federal officials for audit, program evaluation compliance, monitoring, and other purposes and to maintain all records for the current year and three previous years.
(x) The online provider informs the office of superintendent of public instruction in writing of any significant changes to the program including, but not limited to, changes in assurances, program description, fiscal status, or ownership.
(xi) The online provider upholds any pertinent federal or state laws, rules or regulations, in the delivery of the online courses or programs.
(xii) The online provider retains responsibility for the quality of courses and content offered, regardless of any third-party contractual arrangements, partnerships or consortia, contributing to the content or delivery of the online courses or programs.
(xiii) The online provider complies with the state assessment requirements including, but not limited to, the requirements of chapter 28A.655
RCW and WAC 392-121-182
, as applicable.
(xiv) All of the provider's current and future career and technical education (CTE) courses are aligned to Washington state CTE program standards and have been approved by the office of superintendent of public instruction's CTE office. CTE courses must be taught by a Washington certificated teacher who is also CTE-certificated in the subject area of the course.
(xv) The online provider agrees to abide by any additional assurances required by the superintendent of public instruction.
(b) Multidistrict online providers must meet the following approval criteria by a preponderance of evidence submitted with the online provider's application:
(i) Course content and instructional design incorporating course goals and outcomes, materials and content organization, and student engagement.
(ii) Classroom management incorporating grading and privacy policies, internet etiquette, and expectations for communications.
(iii) Student assessment incorporating various types, frequent feedback, and appropriateness for the online learning environment.
(iv) Course evaluation and management incorporating strategies for obtaining feedback about the courses/programs and processes for quality assurance and updating content.
(v) Student support incorporating policies and systems to enhance the students' learning experience and their success.
(vi) School-based support incorporating strategies and systems to allow school-based staff to support student success.
(vii) Technology elements, requirements and support including descriptions and ease of navigation.
(viii) Staff development and support including training and online instructor performance reviews conducted on a planned and regularly scheduled basis.
(ix) Program management including timeliness and quality of teachers' responses to students, handling of fees, prompt distribution of materials and processing of enrollments, and handling fees and payments.
(x) The superintendent may require additional approval criteria pursuant to WAC 392-502-080
(2) After review by the online learning advisory committee, the approval criteria with explanations and suggested supporting evidence will be posted on the superintendent of public instruction web site on or before the date the application is made available.
(3) Online provider's application will be reviewed by reviewers selected by the superintendent of public instruction for their experience and expertise. The reviewers will be provided orientations and training to review and score the online provider applications using the approval criteria and scoring protocols.
(4) Single-district provider online programs must incorporate the approval criteria developed by the superintendent of public instruction into the program design.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 28A.250 RCW. 12-15-025, § 392-502-030, filed 7/11/12, effective 8/11/12; 12-03-067, § 392-502-030, filed 1/12/12, effective 2/12/12. Statutory Authority: 2009 c 542. 10-01-099, § 392-502-030, filed 12/17/09, effective 1/17/10.]