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R277. Education, Administration.

Rule R277-705. Secondary School Completion and Diplomas.

As in effect on October 1, 2016

Table of Contents

R277-705-1. Authority and Purpose.

(1) This rule is authorized by:

(a) Utah Constitution Article X, Section 3, which vests general control and supervision of public education in the Board;

(b) Subsections 53A-1-402(1)(b) and (c), which direct the Board to make rules regarding competency levels, graduation requirements, curriculum, and instruction requirements; and

(c) Subsection 53A-1-401(3), which allows the Board to adopt rules in accordance with its responsibilities.

(2) The purpose of this rule is to:

(a) provide consistent definitions;

(b) provide alternative methods for a student to earn credit and alternate methods for schools to award credit; and

(c) provide rules and procedures for the assessment of all students as required by law.

R277-705-2. Definitions.

(1) "Demonstrated competence" means subject mastery as determined by LEA standards and review. LEA review may include such methods and documentation as: tests, interviews, peer evaluations, writing samples, reports or portfolios.

(2) "Diploma" means an official document awarded by an LEA consistent with state and LEA graduation requirements and the provisions of this rule.

(3)(a) "Secondary school" means grades 7-12 in whatever kind of school the grade levels exist.

(b) Grade 6 may be considered a secondary grade for some purposes.

(4) "Section 504 plan" means a written statement of reasonable accommodations for a student with a qualifying disability that is developed, reviewed, and revised in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

(5)(a) "Special purpose school" means a school designated by a regional accrediting agency, adopted by the Board.

(b) "Special purpose school" includes a school:

(i) that serves a specific population such as a student with a disability, youth in custody, or a school with a specific curricular emphasis; and

(ii) with curricula designed to serve specific populations that may be modified from a traditional program.

(6) "Supplemental education provider" means a private school or educational service provider:

(a) that may or may not be accredited; and

(b) that provides courses or services similar to public school courses or classes.

(7)(a) "Transcript" means an official document or record generated by one or several schools which includes:

(i) the courses in which a secondary student was enrolled;

(ii) grades and units of credit earned; and

(iii) citizenship and attendance records.

(b) A transcript is one part of a student's permanent record or cumulative file that may include:

(i) birth certificate

(ii) immunization records; and

(iii) other information as determined by the school in possession of the record.

(8) "Unit of credit" means credit awarded for a course taken:

(a) consistent with this rule;

(b) upon LEA authorization; or

(c) for mastery demonstrated by approved methods.

R277-705-3. Required LEA Policy Explaining Student Credit.

(1)(a) An LEA governing board shall establish a policy, in an open meeting, explaining the process and standards for acceptance and reciprocity of credits earned by a student in accordance with state law.

(b) An LEA policy described in Subsection (1)(a) shall include specific and adequate notice to a student and a parent of all policy requirements and limitations.

(2)(a) An LEA shall accept credits and grades awarded to a student from a school or a provider accredited by an accrediting entity adopted by the Board.

(b) An LEA policy may establish reasonable timelines and may require adequate and timely documentation of authenticity for credits and grades submitted.

(3) An LEA policy shall provide various methods for a student to earn credit from a non-accredited source, course work, or education provider including:

(a) satisfaction of coursework by demonstrated competency, as evaluated at the LEA level;

(b) assessment as proctored and determined at the school or school level;

(c) review of student work or projects by an LEA administrator; and

(d) satisfaction of electronic or correspondence coursework, as approved at the LEA level.

(4) An LEA may require documentation of compliance with Section 53A-11-102 prior to reviewing a student's home school or competency work, assessment or materials.

(5) An LEA policy for participation in extracurricular activities, awards, recognitions, and enhanced diplomas may be determined locally consistent with the law and this rule.

(6) An LEA has the final decision-making authority for the awarding of credit and grades from a non-accredited source consistent with state law, due process, and this rule.

R277-705-4. Diplomas and Certificates of Completion.

(1) An LEA shall award diplomas and certificates of completion.

(2) An LEA shall establish criteria for a student to earn a certificate of completion that may be awarded to a student who:

(a) has completed the student's senior year;

(b) is exiting the school system; and

(c) has not met all state or LEA requirements for a diploma.

R277-705-5. Students with Disabilities.

(1) A student with a disability served by a special education program shall satisfy high school completion or graduation criteria, consistent with state and federal law and the student's IEP.

(2) An LEA may award a student a certificate of completion consistent with state and federal law and the student's IEP or Section 504 Plan.

R277-705-6. Adult Education Students.

(1) An adult education student is eligible only for an adult education secondary diploma.

(2) An adult education diploma may not be upgraded or changed to a traditional, high school-specific diploma.

(3) A school district shall establish a policy:

(a) allowing or disallowing adult education student participation in graduation activities or ceremonies; and

(b) establishing timelines and criteria for satisfying adult education graduation and diploma requirements.

R277-705-7. Student Rights and Responsibilities Related to Graduation, Transcripts and Receipt of Diplomas.

(1) An LEA shall supervise the granting of credit and awarding of diplomas, but may delegate the responsibility to schools within the LEA.

(2) An LEA may determine criteria for a student's participation in graduation activities, honors, and exercises, independent of a student's receipt of a diploma or certificate of completion.

(3) A diploma, a certificate, credits, or an unofficial transcript may not be withheld from a student for nonpayment of school fees.

(4)(a) An LEA shall establish a consistent timeline for all students for completion of graduation requirements.

(b) A timeline described in Subsection (4)(a) shall be consistent with state law and this rule.

(5) An LEA's graduation requirements may not apply retroactively.


adult education, high school credit, graduation requirements

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

January 7, 2016

Notice of Continuation

November 10, 2015

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

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

Additional Information


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.