Policy 626 - Credit for Learning

Reviewed: April 19, 2016

I. PURPOSE

The purpose of this policy is to recognize student achievement which occurs in post-secondary institutions, activities outside the school, previous learning, and community and work experiences. These experiences shall meet rigorous academic outcomes and are subject to approval as per procedures outlined in this policy.

II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY

If a student can demonstrate mastery of content by assessment or by previous learning, then the student can take more rigorous courses at a more appropriate learning level. The intent of the policy is to allow students the opportunity to access higher level courses but not be used as an avenue to eliminate taking required coursework.

IIII. PROCEDURES

A. Credit for Prior Learning

a. Students will complete and return the application form titled, “Credit for Learning.” These forms can be obtained through and returned to the Princeton High School counseling office.

b. Students who successfully complete the assessment process will receive a course grade of “T” (Test Out) on their transcript. Such grades do not count toward a student’s GPA or class rank.

c. Effort shall be made to ascertain the content of courses, programs and learning previously achieved to credit the student as full as possible. This may include asking the student to verify the content of the activities.

d. The counselor will use the School Review Committee to verify that the activities and learning are of sufficient rigor to earn a credit.

e. The Review Committee will consist of at least a high school administrator, counselor, department chair of the affected department and teacher of the course. If necessary, a special education teacher, gifted/talented teacher, and/or the director of teaching and learning will be part of the committee.

B. Credit by Assessment

a. Student shall discuss a request for credit by assessment for a high school course with the appropriate counselor.

b. The student shall submit an application through the principal to the School Review Committee by June 30 prior to the start of the school year in which the course will be offered in which the student would typically enroll.

c. The Review Committee shall determine what the student needs to demonstrate, the criteria for the demonstration, and competency level required. To test out of a course, the student must score at least 90%.

d. If applicable, the Review Committee shall consider appropriate accommodations, modifications, and exemptions consistent with the student’s Individual Education or 504 Plan.

e. The Review Committee will consist of at least a principal or designee, a counselor, department chair of the affected department, and teacher of the course. If necessary, a special education teacher will be part of the committee.

f. A student may attempt to test out of a course only once.

g. Students who complete the assessment process successfully will receive a course credit of “T” (Test Out) on their transcript. Such grades do not count toward a student’s GPA or class rank.

Legal References:

  • Minn. Stat. § 120B.15

Cross References:

Adopted: March 22, 2011
Reviewed: April 19, 2016