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R277. Education, Administration.

Rule R277-703. Centennial Scholarship for Early Graduation.

As in effect on August 1, 2014

Table of Contents

R277-703-1. Definitions.

A. "ATC" means Applied Technology Center.

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

C. "Centennial Scholarship" means the amount awarded to an early graduating student designated in Section 53A-15-102.

D. "LEA" means a local education agency, including local school boards/public school districts, charter schools, and, for purposes of this rule, the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.

E. "SEOP" means student education/occupational plan.

R277-703-2. Authority and Purpose.

A. This rule is authorized by Utah Constitution Article X, Section 3 which places general control and supervision of the public school system under the Board, Section 53A-1-402(1) which authorizes the Board to make rules regarding competency levels, graduation requirements, curriculum, and instruction requirements and Section 53A-1-401(3) which authorizes the Board to adopt rules in accordance with its responsibilities.

B. This rule designates the Early Graduation Centennial Scholarship Certificate for use by public schools, allows for graduation to be flexible and appropriate to meet individual students' needs, and outlines the early graduation procedure. If a student graduates any time following the eleventh grade year and enters a Utah post-secondary institution, the LEA shall receive a reimbursement designated for the public high school from which the student graduated early. The post-secondary institution shall receive an Early Graduation Centennial Scholarship Certificate signed by the high school principal/director entitling the early graduate to a partial tuition scholarship following the date of graduation according to the schedule established by this rule.

R277-703-3. Curriculum Options for Accelerating a Secondary School Student's Education Program.

A. A student shall complete the courses of study and credit mandated by the Board and by the local board of education/local charter board.

B. Options for earning additional credit may include but are not limited to:

(1) Courses:

(a) High school summer school;

(b) High school or ATC early morning or after school classes;

(c) Courses completed at the student's own rate based on performance (the local board of education/local charter board is responsible for assessment of mastery, R277-700-6);

(d) College courses numbered 101 and above from fully accredited institutions (concurrent enrollment, extension division, or continuing education classes);

(e) LEA approved high school or college level correspondence courses;

(f) Equivalency ratio of higher education hours to high school credits: five (5) quarter or three (3) semester hours equal one (1) unit of high school credit.

(2) Demonstrated proficiency by assessment (amount of credit to be determined by the local board of education/local charter board, R277-700-6):

(a) Advanced Placement Examination as approved by the local board of education/local charter board;

(b) ACT or SAT scores that meet or exceed a level set by the local board of education/local charter board;

(c) Utah state or LEA secondary end-of-course tests;

(d) Demonstrated proficiency in a subject, as assessed by the local board of education/local charter board;

(e) College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests.

(3) Approved work experience, as assessed by the local board of education/local charter board.

(4) Demonstrated mastery in an experimental program that has received prior approval from the Board (local board of education/local charter board seeks approval from the Board);

(5) Increased credit for courses that are combined into a time frame that ordinarily accommodates a lesser number of classes, as approved by the local board of education/local charter board;

(6) Independent study: a student may be allowed credit for an independent research project or independent reading relevant to a course of study;

(7) Credit for experience gained during travel relevant to a specific course. Prior approval shall be obtained from and credit awarded by the local board of education/local charter board.

R277-703-4. Early Graduation Student Education Plan.

A. In consultation with the student's parent or guardian and school advisor, each student shall indicate to the secondary principal/director the intent to complete early graduation at the beginning of the ninth grade year or as soon thereafter as the intent is known.

B. To be eligible for early graduation, a student shall have a current SEOP on file at the student's high school under provisions of R277-700-8.

R277-703-5. Local Education Requirements.

A. Requirements relating to semesters in membership are inapplicable to students who have been approved under Section R277-703-4 for graduation following the eleventh grade year.

B. Local academic and citizenship credit requirements for graduation which exceed Board requirements shall include provisions that permit students to graduate early.

R277-703-6. Funding Provisions.

A. An LEA shall receive a payment designated for each high school from which students graduated before the end of the twelfth grade year.

B. Payment provisions:

(1) LEAs shall receive payment for one-half of the designated Centennial Scholarship amount for each student reported as having graduated at the conclusion of the eleventh grade year on the S-3 report in the fiscal year following the student's graduation.

(2) LEAs shall receive payment based on a percentage of the Centennial Scholarship amount for each student reported as graduating during the twelfth grade year. These students shall also be listed on the S-3 report and payment shall be made to the LEA in the fiscal year following the students' graduation. LEAs shall receive payment for schools operating on the quarter or trimester system for each early graduating student according to the following schedule:

(a) End of first quarter of 12th grade year: 75 percent of one-half of the Centennial Scholarship amount;

(b) End of second quarter of 12th grade year: 50 percent of one-half of the Centennial Scholarship amount;

(c) End of third quarter of 12th grade year: 25 percent of one-half of the Centennial Scholarship amount;

(d) End of first trimester of 12th grade year: 67 percent of one-half of the Centennial Scholarship amount;

(e) End of second trimester of 12th grade year: 33 percent of one-half of the Centennial Scholarship amount.

C. A student who graduates from high school at the conclusion of the eleventh grade year or during the twelfth grade year shall be entitled to a partial tuition scholarship in the form of the Early Graduation Centennial Scholarship Certificate to be used at a Utah public college, university, community college, applied technology center, or any other institution in Utah accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission that offers post-secondary courses. The post-secondary institution shall complete the Early Graduation Centennial Scholarship Certificate and submit it to the Utah State Office of Education. Upon receipt of the Early Graduation Centennial Scholarship Certificate, the Utah State Office of Education shall verify the information, and reimburse the institution an amount set forth in the following schedule in the fiscal year during which the student enrolls in a post-secondary institution. To be eligible for the scholarship, the student must enroll in an eligible post-secondary institution within one calendar year of graduation.

(1) The student who graduates at the end of the eleventh grade year shall receive a full Centennial Scholarship.

(2) The student who graduates at the end of the first quarter of the twelfth grade year shall receive 75 percent of the Centennial Scholarship amount.

(3) The student who graduates at the end of the second quarter of the twelfth grade year shall receive 50 percent of the Centennial Scholarship amount.

(4) The student who graduates at the end of the third quarter of the twelfth grade year shall receive 25 percent of the Centennial Scholarship amount.

(5) The student who graduates at the end of the first trimester of the twelfth grade year shall receive 67 percent of the Centennial Scholarship amount.

(6) The student who graduates at the end of the second trimester of the twelfth grade year shall receive 33 percent of the Centennial Scholarship amount.

KEY

graduation requirements, curricula

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

October 9, 2012

Notice of Continuation

August 14, 2012

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

Art X Sec 3; 53A-1-402(1); 53A-1-401(3)


Additional Information

Contact

For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R277, please contact the promulgating agency (Education, Administration). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.