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D201 – Program of Studies

  • Effective: 9/27/1969
  • Revision: 6/22/2010
  • Reviewed: 12/10/2013

  1. Board Directive
    The Board recognizes that a high school graduation diploma indicates completion of specified units of credit and a specified level of competency as measured by established District procedures and student learning outcomes.  The Board further recognizes that the educational program of any student should be one that recognizes the student's needs and promotes continuous student growth toward and beyond the competency level.  Educational programs will be designed to meet the needs of each student.  The Board delegates to the Administration the responsibility for developing and maintaining District curricula, programs, and evaluation procedures to meet State requirements and satisfy District needs.
  2. Administrative Policy
    1. The District Program of Studies policy shall be reviewed and approved by the Administration periodically.
    2. District programs of study shall include all required, recommended, and elective courses and extracurricular activities.  These programs shall have the following characteristics:
      1. Compliance with State Standards and Guidelines
      2. Student learning outcomes that define mastery learning
      3. Instruction that meets the abilities and needs of each student
      4. Instruction which develops the skills required for students to achieve District graduation competencies
      5. Appropriate evaluation procedures
    3. A systematic staff development program shall be designed, implemented and maintained through professional learning communities and professional development.
    4. Planning for each student's program of studies in the middle and the high school shall include:
      1. Parent, designated school personnel, and student involvement in the decision making process, as the student progresses toward and beyond the stated competency levels.
      2. Student records that include student mastery of student learning outcomes, progress, competency, interests, aptitudes, and other relevant information.
    5. Responsibility for implementation of the Program of Studies is given to the Administrators of Schools.  Periodically, the Program of Studies shall be reviewed and revised.  Revision shall reflect changing curriculum and student needs.
    6. District Guidelines for Courses of Study
      The Administrator of Curriculum and Staff Development is responsible for coordinating the development of curriculum goals, student learning outcomes, and instructional programs which comply with the State and District guidelines related to high school completion.  The Administrator of Curriculum shall work with the Administrators of Schools who in turn will work with appropriate school personnel to delineate District guidelines for curriculum development and implementation.
    7. Evaluation of Student Progress
      The Director of Evaluation, Research and Accountability in cooperation with the Administrator of Curriculum and Staff Development is responsible for coordinating the development of a systematic student assessment program to include criterion referenced and norm referenced tests.  The Director of Evaluation, Research and Accountability shall work with the appropriate Administrators of Schools, the Administrator of Curriculum and Staff Development, the Accountability specialist and Information Systems to develop, schedule, administer, and interpret student achievement assessments.
    8. Records of Student Progress
      The Director of Information Systems, in cooperation with the Director of Evaluation, Research and Accountability, shall work with the appropriate Administrator of Schools, the Administrator of Curriculum and Staff Development, the Accountability specialist and Information Systems to develop and implement appropriate procedures for establishing and maintaining records of student progress including test results, program reports and report cards or electronic data processing files.  Records of student progress (K-12) will be maintained by local school principals and staff.
    9. Student Education Plans (SEP) and Student Education/Occupation Plans (SEOP) for College and Career Readiness
      1. Each student shall have a personalized student education plan (SEP) or personalized student education/ occupation plan (SEOP) for College and Career Readiness as required by Utah Code §53A-1a-106.  Each plan shall include the following:
        1. Guidelines for recognizing the student’s accomplishments and strengths.
        2. Guidelines for planning, monitoring, and managing the student’s education and career development.
      2. The SEP or SEOP for College and Career Readiness shall be developed through an ongoing partnership involving students, parents, and school personnel.
      3. At least two SEP conferences per year shall be held for elementary-age students, grades one through six. The conferences shall involve the student, the student’s parent/guardian, and school personnel.
      4. Seventh-grade students shall conduct either one individual SEOP for College and Career Readiness  meeting with a parent/guardian at home as a required Technology, Life, and Careers (TLC) class assignment or participate in one small group SEOP for College and Career Readiness conference per year.
      5. Eighth-grade students shall have one individual SEOP for College and Career Readiness meeting with a parent/guardian and counselor or trained educator per year.   The SEOP for College and Career Readiness must include a four-year plan.
      6. Ninth-grade students shall have a small group SEOP for College and Career Readiness conference per year and attend a high school orientation meeting with a parent/guardian.
      7. Tenth-grade or eleventh-grade students shall have an individual SEOP for College and Career Readiness conference with a parent/guardian, and counselor or trained educator.  If the school prefers to deliver an individual SEOP for College and Career Readiness conference in the tenth grade, a small group SEOP for College and Career Readiness conference with a parent/guardian will be held when students are in the eleventh grade.  If an individual SEOP for College and Career Readiness conference is preferred in the eleventh grade, a small group SEOP for College and Career Readiness conference with a parent/guardian will be held when students are in the tenth grade.
      8. High school seniors shall have either an individual or a small group SEOP for College and Career Readiness conference as needed.
      9. Time spent during the school day to develop or implement SEP’s and SEOP’s for College and Career Readiness shall be considered part of the regular school day and count as instructional time provided the time spent does not exceed 16.5 hours in one school year.
      10. The District shall provide in-service training to assist school personnel in the development and implementation of SEP’s and SEOP’s for College and Career Readiness.
    10. Staff Development
      In cooperation with the Administrators of Schools, local school principals, the Administrator of Curriculum and Staff Development, with the assistance of the consultant staff, shall be responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of staff in-service programs.
    11. Leadership Relating to the Implementation of the Program of Studies and Professional Learning Communities
      The Administrators of Schools are responsible for communicating Program of Studies and guidelines to the local school principals.  Each principal shall be responsible for local school implementation.