Utah Department of Administrative Services Division of Administrative Rules

File No. 32981

This rule was published in the October 1, 2009, issue (Vol. 2009, No. 19) of the Utah State Bulletin.


Education, Administration

Rule R277-733

Adult Education Programs

Notice of Proposed Rule

(Amendment)

DAR File No.: 32981
Filed: 09/15/2009 05:45:32 PM

RULE ANALYSIS

Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

This rule was amended at the beginning of 2009 to provide the Utah High School Completion Diploma for students who have passed the five subtests of the GED. When a student is awarded the Utah High School Completion Diploma, the student is no longer eligible to be enrolled in a Utah public high school. It was determined that this language needed modification to be in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The rule is amended now to make it consistent with federal laws and regulations.

Summary of the rule or change:

The amendments remove a definition, and provide language in Section R277-733-8 to make the rule consistent with federal laws and regulations.

State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Subsection 53A-1-401(3)
  • Section 53A-15-401
  • Subsection 53A-1-402(1)

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

There are no anticipated costs or savings to the state budget. The amendments to the rule merely make it consistent with federal laws and regulations.

local governments:

There are no anticipated costs or savings to local government. A student with disabilities entitled to a free appropriation public education will continue to be educated, consistent with federal laws and regulations, until the student has graduated with a regular high school diploma or has reached the maximum age limit of twenty-two years. Costs to local education agencies are reimbursable from the federal government.

small businesses:

There are no anticipated costs or savings to small businesses. This rule and the amendment apply to public schools and not to businesses.

persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:

There are no anticipated costs or savings to persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local government entities. Students with disabilities will be provided with a free appropriate public education until the student has graduated with a regular high school diploma or has reached the maximum age limit of twenty-two years.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

There are no compliance costs for affected persons. School districts and schools will continue to provide students with disabilities a free appropriate public education until the student has graduated with a regular high school diploma or has reached the maximum age limit of twenty-two years.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

I have reviewed this rule and I see no fiscal impact on businesses.

Larry K. Shumway, State Superintendent

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:

Education
Administration
250 E 500 S
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84111-3272

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • Carol Lear at the above address, by phone at 801-538-7835, by FAX at 801-538-7768, or by Internet E-mail at carol.lear@schools.utah.gov

Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:

11/02/2009

This rule may become effective on:

11/09/2009

Authorized by:

Carol Lear, Director, School Law and Legislation

RULE TEXT

R277. Education, Administration.

R277-733. Adult Education Programs.

R277-733-1. Definitions.

A. "Adult" means an individual 18 years of age or over.

B. "Adult education" means organized educational programs below the collegiate/postsecondary level, other than regular full-time K-12 secondary education programs, provided by school districts or nonprofit organizations affording opportunities for individuals having demonstrated both presence and intent to reside within the state of Utah who are out-of-school youth (16 years of age and older) or adults who have or have not graduated from high school, to improve their literacy levels and to further their high school level education.

C. "Adult Basic Education (ABE)" means a program of instruction below the 9.0 academic grade level for adults who lack competency in reading, writing, speaking, problem solving or computation at a level that substantially impairs their ability to find or retain adequate employment that will allow them to become employable, contributing members of society and preparing them for advanced education and training. The instruction is designed to help adults by:

(1) increasing their independence;

(2) improving their ability to benefit from occupational training;

(3) increasing opportunities for more productive and profitable employment; and

(4) making them better able to meet adult responsibilities.

D. "Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA)" means Title II of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 which provides the principle source of federal support for adult basic and literacy education programs for adults who lack basic skills, an Adult Education Secondary Diploma or its equivalency, or proficiency in English.

E. "Adult High School Completion (AHSC)" means a program of academic instruction at the 9.0 grade level or above in Board-approved subjects for eligible adult education students who are seeking an Adult Education Secondary Diploma from an adult education program.

F. "Board" means the Utah State Board of Education.

[G. "Certificate of GED" means a certificate diploma issued by the USOE to an individual who has successfully passed all five subject areas of the GED based on Utah passing standards; measuring the major and lasting outcomes and concepts associated with a traditional four-year high school education. This definition is effective until July 1, 2009.

H]G. "Community-Based Organization (CBO)" means a nonprofit organization:

(1) eligible for and accepting federal AEFLA funds; and

(2) for the sole purpose of providing adult education services to qualified adult education learners.

(3) All rules and laws that apply to schools/school districts shall also apply to CBOs that receive adult education funding.

(4) CBOs:

(a) apply to the USOE;

(b) receive adult education funding through a competitive process; and

(c) receive USOE funding on a reimbursement basis only.

[I]H. "Consumable items" means student workbooks, student packets, computer disks, pencils, papers, notebooks, and other similar personal items for which a student retains ownership during the course of study.

[J]I. "Desk monitoring" means the review of UTopia data to ensure program integrity.

[K]J. "Eligible adult education student" means an individual who provides documentation that his primary and permanent residency is in Utah, and:

(1) is 17 years of age or older, and whose high school class has graduated; or

(2) is under 18 years of age and is married; or

(3) has been adjudicated as an adult; or

(4) is an out-of-school youth 16 years of age or older who has not graduated from high school.

[L]K. "Enrollee" means an adult student who has 12 or more contact hours in an adult education program during a fiscal/program year, an academic assessment establishing an Entering Functioning Level, has an adult education Student Education Occupation Plan (SEOP) with an established goal, and a defined funding code. Enrollee status is based on the last date that all of the above items are entered into UTopia.

[M]L. "English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)" is an instructional program provided for non-native language speakers.

[N]M. "Fee" means any charge, deposit, rental, or other mandatory payment, however designated, whether in the form of money or goods. Admission fees, transportation charges, and similar payments to third parties are fees if the charges are made in connection with an activity or function sponsored by or through an adult education program. All fees are subject to approval by the local school board of education or local board of trustees.

[O]N. "General Educational Development (GED) preparation" means a program that provides instruction in five specific subject areas for eligible adult education students who seek a Utah High School Completion Diploma by successfully passing all five GED Tests. This definition is effective on July 1, 2009.

[P]O. "General Educational Development (GED) Testing" means the test required under R277-702.

[Q]P. "Latest official census data" means the most current statistical information available used to determine the number of adults who need adult education services, and determined by:

(1) individuals 16 years of age and older; or

(2) individuals 16 years of age and older whose primary language is other than English; or

(3) individuals 16 years of age and older without a high school diploma or its equivalency - ungraduated adults.

[R]Q. "Measurable outcomes" means indicators of student achievement in adult education programs used for state funding purposes. These outcomes are described in R277-733-9.

[S]R. "Other eligible adult education student" means an individual 16 to 19 years of age whose high school class has not graduated and is counted in the regular school program. The funds generated, weighted pupil unit (WPU) or collected fees or both, are credited to the adult education program for attendance in an adult education program.

[T]S. "Out-of-school youth" means a student 16 years of age or older who has not graduated from high school and is no longer enrolled in a K-12 program of instruction.

[U]T. "Participant" means an adult education student who does not meet the qualifications of an adult education enrollee.

[V]U. "Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)" means a credential for teachers of ESOL.

[W]V. "Tuition" means the base cost of an adult education program that provides services to adult education students.

[X]W. "USOE" means the Utah State Office of Education.

[Y]X. "Utah High School Completion Diploma" is a diploma issued by the Board and distributed by the GED Testing Centers as agents of the Board to an individual who passes all five subject areas of the GED Tests at a Utah GED Testing Center based on Utah passing standards; measuring the major and lasting outcomes and concepts associated with a traditional four-year high school experience. [This definition is effective on July 1, 2009.]

[Z]Y. "UTopia" means Utah Online Performance Indicators for Adult Education statewide database.

[AA]Z. "Waiver release form" means a form signed at least annually by an adult education student allowing for release of the student's personal data and student education occupation plan, including social security number and GED scores, for data matching purposes with agencies such as the Department of Workforce Services, higher education, Utah State Office of Rehabilitation and GED Scoring Services. Signed waiver release allows a student's education records to be shared with other adult education programs or interested agencies for the purpose of skill development, job training or career planning, or other purposes.


R277-733-7. Adult Education Pupil Accounting.

A. A Utah administered adult education program shall receive WPU funding for a student at the rate of 990 clock hours of membership per one weighted pupil (with part-time enrollment pro-rated by the school district) for a student who is a resident of a Utah school district who meets the following criteria:

(1) is at least 16 years of age but less than 19 years of age;

(2) who has not received a high school diploma or a Utah High School Completion Diploma;

(3) who intends to graduate from a K-12 high school; and

(4) who attends an SEOP meeting with his school counselor, school administrator/designee, parent/legal guardian to discuss the appropriateness of the student's participation in adult education.

B. A student 17 years of age or older, without a high school diploma but whose high school class has graduated, who is a Utah resident, and who intends to graduate from a K-12 high school, may, with parental/guardian consultation and written approval from all parties (if applicable), enroll in the state administered adult education program upon proof of Utah residency. Student attendance up to 990 clock hours of membership is equivalent to 1 FTE per year.

(1) The clock hours of students enrolled part-time shall be prorated.

(2) As an alternative, equivalent WPUs may be generated for competencies mastered on the basis of prior authorization of a school district plan by the USOE.

C. For purposes of funding in an adult education program, a student can only be a pupil in average daily membership once on any day. If the student's day is part-time in the regular school program and part-time in the adult education program, the student's membership shall be reported on a prorated basis for each program. A student may not be funded for more than one regular WPU for any school year.

D. An out-of-school youth (minimum age of 16) who has not graduated from high school, may, with parental/guardian written approval (if applicable), school district administrative written approval and proof of Utah residency, enroll in an adult education program:

(1) The WPU shall not be generated by the student's participation in an adult education program.

(2) This student shall be eligible for adult education state funding.

(3) This student shall be presented with information prior to or at the time of enrollment in an adult education program that defines the consequences of the student's decision including the following:

(a) The student may receive an Adult Education Secondary Diploma upon completion of the minimum required Carnegie units of credit as defined by the local adult education program; or

(b) The student may earn a Utah High School Completion Diploma upon successful passing of all five GED Tests; or

(c) The student may, at the discretion of the school district, return to his regular high school prior to the time his class graduates with the understanding and expectation that all necessary requirements for the traditional K-12 diploma shall be completed, provided that the student:

(i) is released from the adult education program; and

(ii) has not completed the requirements necessary for an Adult Education Secondary Diploma; or

(iii) has not successfully passed all five GED Tests and has not received a Utah High School Completion Diploma.

(4) An out-of-school youth of school age who has received an Adult Education Secondary Diploma[or a Utah High School Completion Diploma] is not eligible to return to a K-12 high school.

(5) An out-of-school youth of school age who has received a Utah High School Completion Diploma is not eligible to return to a K-12 high school unless it is required for the provision of a free appropriate public education (FAPE) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 20 U.S.C., Chapter 33.

([5]6) An out-of-school youth of school age who has successfully completed an Adult Education Secondary Diploma or a Utah High School Completion Diploma shall be reported as a graduate for K-12 graduation (AYP) outcomes.

([6]7) An out-of-school youth of school age may be considered eligible to take the GED Test if all requirements as stated in R277-702, Procedures for Utah General Educational Development Certificate, are followed.


R277-733-8. Program, Curriculum, Outcomes and Student Mastery.

A. The Utah Adult Education Program shall offer courses consistent with the Utah Core curriculum under R277-700.

B. The Utah Core curriculum and teaching strategies may be modified or adjusted to meet the individual needs of the adult education student.

C. Written course descriptions for AHSC required and elective courses shall be developed by school district adult education programs for all classes taught, consistent with the Utah Core curriculum and Utah adult education curriculum standards, as provided by the USOE.

D. Written course descriptions for GED Test preparation, ESOL and ABE courses shall be developed cooperatively by school districts, CBOs and the USOE based on Utah Core curriculum standards, modified for adult learners.

E. Course descriptions shall contain adult education mastery criteria and shall stress mastery of adult life skill material consistent with Core objective standards and the Core curriculum.

F. Course content mastery shall be stressed rather than completion of predetermined seat time in a classroom.

G. Adult high school completion education is determined by the following prerequisite courses:

(1) ESOL competency AEFLA levels one through six;

(2) ABE competency AEFLA levels one through four.

H. AHSC courses for students seeking an Adult Education Secondary Diploma should meet federal AEFLA AHSC Levels I and II competency requirements with a minimum completion of 24 credits under the direction of a Utah licensed teacher as provided below:

(1) Adult High School Core Courses, as offered consistent with Utah Core objectives:

(a) 24.0 units of credit required through satisfaction of a course of study by demonstrated course competency or school district approved competency examination in correlation with the student's SEOP career focus;

(b) awarded adult education credit options including continuous professional employment training required for a professional license; or

(c) documented achievement of a trade or skill, basic or advanced military training;

(d) apprenticeship, union or registered work credentials;

(e) successfully passing all five GED Tests; academic credit for successfully passing all five GED Tests may only be applied toward an Adult Education Secondary Diploma if the proposed awarded units of credit [are entered into UTopia]were transcripted by June 30, 2009;

(f) transcripted college or university courses as they align to the following Core instructional areas:

(i) Language Arts: 3.0;

(ii) mathematics: 2.0, individualized mathematics courses to meet the life needs of adult learners;

(iii) science: 2.0, from the four science areas of chemistry, biological science, earth science, or physics;

(iv) social studies: 2.50, 1.0 in United States history, .50 in United States government and civics, .50 in geography; and .50 in world civilizations;

(v) arts: 1.50;

(vi) healthy lifestyles: 2.0, individualized courses meeting the life needs of adult learners that include: .25 - 1.50 health education, .25 - 1.50 individualized fitness for life courses;

(vii) career and technical education (CTE): 1.00;

(viii) general financial literacy: .50;

(ix) education technology: .50 computer technology courses or successful completion of school district approved competency examination;

(x) electives: 9.0 units of credit.

I. The USOE Adult Education Section and local education programs shall disseminate clear information regarding revised adult education graduation requirements.

J. Adult education students receiving education services in a state prison or jail education program may graduate with an Adult Education Secondary Diploma upon completion of the state required 24.0 units of credit required under R277-700 and satisfied through completed credits or demonstrated course competency or a Utah High School Completion Diploma upon successful passing all five of the GED Tests consistent with students' SEOP career focus.

K. Adult Education Secondary Diploma graduation requirements may be changed or modified, or both, for adult students with documented disabilities through Individual Education Plans (IEPs) from age 16 up until their 22nd birthday or an adult education SEOP, or both to meet unique educational needs.

L. A student's IEP or adult education SEOP shall document the nature and extent of modifications, substitutions, or exemptions made to accommodate the student's disability(ies).

M. Modified graduation requirements for individual students shall:

(1) be consistent with the student's IEP or SEOP, or both;

(2) be maintained in the student's files;

(3) maintain the integrity and rigor expected for AHSC graduation.

N. School districts shall establish policies:

(1) allowing or disallowing adult education students participation in graduation activities or ceremonies; and

(2) allowing or disallowing adult education students from participating in the Utah Basic Skills Competency Test (UBSCT).

O. An adult education high school completion student may only receive an Adult Education Secondary Diploma earned through a designated Utah adult education program.

P. Adult education programs shall accept credits and grades awarded to students from other state recognized adult education programs, schools accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools or schools or programs approved by the Board without alteration.

Q. Adult education programs may establish reasonable timelines and may require adequate and timely documentation of authenticity for credits and grades submitted from schools or private providers.

R. A school district/adult education program is the final decision-making authority for the awarding of credit and grades from non-accredited sources.

S. Adult education shall provide a program that allows students to transition between sites in a seamless manner.

T. An adult education student seeking a Utah High School Completion Diploma shall be offered a course of academic instruction designed to prepare the student to take the GED Tests.

U. A Utah High School Completion Diploma shall be issued by the Board and distributed by the GED testing centers as agents of the Board or directly by the USOE GED administrator. Receipt of the Utah High School Completion Diploma does not end entitlement to a free appropriate public education for a student eligible for special education under IDEA.

V. Upon completion of requirements for a Utah Adult Education Secondary Diploma, or a Utah High School Completion Diploma, adult education students may only continue in an adult education program to improve their basic literacy skills if:

(1) their academic skills are less than 12.9 grade level in an academic area of reading, math or English; and

(2) they lack sufficient mastery of basic educational skills to enable them to function effectively in society. The focus of instruction shall be solely literacy and is limited specifically to reading, math or English.


KEY: adult education

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [ June 23, ]2009

Notice of Continuation: October 5, 2007

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law: Art X Sec 3; 53A-15-401; 53A-1-402(1); 53A-1-401(3); 53A-1-403.5; 53A-17a-119; 53A-15-404



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