Citations Affected: IC 20-32; noncode.
Synopsis: Virtual instruction course requirement. Beginning with the
class of students who enter grade 9 in 2013, requires a student pursuing
a Core 40 high school diploma to complete at least one virtual
instruction course. Specifies that if the virtual instruction course is
provided by the school corporation, the school corporation must fund
the virtual instruction course through the school corporation's
resources, and the school corporation is not entitled to any additional
funding because the school corporation provides the virtual instruction
course. Provides that if a state university provides a virtual instruction
course that is a dual enrollment course or a dual credit course, that
course may not be counted for purposes of any component of the higher
education funding formula that is determined by or based on the
increase in dual enrollment courses or dual credit courses. Inserts a
cross-reference to federal educational privacy statutes. Establishes the
education issues interim study committee to study the issues relating to
the provision of virtual instruction.
Effective: Upon passage; July 1, 2012.
January 4, 2012, read first time and referred to Committee on Education and Career
January 26, 2012, amended, reported favorably _ Do Pass.
January 31, 2012, read second time, amended, ordered engrossed.
February 1, 2012, engrossed. Read third time, passed. Yeas 38, nays 12.
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
means a Core 40 course or credit requirement adopted by the state
board under IC 20-30-10 and provided in an interactive learning
environment created through technology in which students are
separated from their teachers by time or space, or both. The term
includes courses taken by students in grades 6 through 12.
Sec. 5. (a) Beginning with the cohort (as defined in IC 20-26-13-2) of students who enter grade 9 for the first time in the school year beginning in 2013, a student must complete at least one (1) course or credit requirement toward a Core 40 diploma through a virtual instruction course before the student may be awarded a Core 40 diploma.
(b) Each school corporation shall provide at least three (3) virtual instruction courses in which a student may choose to enroll. The school corporation shall decide what courses to offer based upon the local needs of the school corporation's students and may align its offerings with a strategic and continuous school improvement and achievement plan developed under IC 20-31-5.
(c) A school corporation may not charge a student or a student's parent or guardian a fee for the sole purpose of defraying the cost of complying with this chapter.
(d) A school corporation is not required to pay any costs associated with a virtual instruction course taken by the student enrolled in the school corporation if the virtual instruction course is not provided by the school corporation under subsection (b). If the virtual instruction course is provided by the school corporation under subsection (b), the school corporation must fund the virtual instruction course through the school corporation's resources, and the school corporation is not entitled to any additional funding because the school corporation provides the virtual instruction course.
(e) A student or the student's parent or guardian may choose to enroll the student in a virtual instruction course that is not offered by a school corporation under subsection (b) but otherwise meets the other requirements established under this chapter. If the virtual instruction course meets the requirement established under this chapter, the course counts toward the virtual instruction course requirement established in subsection (a).
(f) A student's transcript at the school in which the student is enrolled must include the credits earned and grades received for any virtual instruction courses the student has taken under this section.
Sec. 6. (a) The department may request to review an individual
school corporation's virtual instruction course offerings and may
determine whether the courses meet the requirements established
under this chapter.
(b) The department shall work with each school corporation to assist the school corporation in meeting the requirements of this chapter without additional cost to the school corporation.
Sec. 6.5. If a state educational institution (as defined in IC 21-7-13-32) provides a virtual instruction course under this chapter that is a dual enrollment course or a dual credit course, that course may not be counted for purposes of any component of the higher education funding formula (as established by the commission for higher education) that is determined by or based on the increase in dual enrollment courses or dual credit courses.
Sec. 7. The state board shall adopt rules under IC 4-22-2 to administer this chapter. The rules adopted under this section must address the following:
(1) Enrollment in virtual instruction courses.
(2) Alignment of virtual instruction courses with the teacher evaluation requirements established under IC 20-28-11.5.
(3) Transfer of student performance data between the school corporation of residence and a virtual instruction course provider, to the extent that the data may be transferred under the education records privacy provisions of the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (20 U.S.C. 1232g).
(4) Evaluating this chapter's impact on student growth and performance.
(5) Teacher certification requirements.
of objectives under this act for a school corporation or
charter school that implements virtual instruction courses, as
defined in IC 20-32-4.5-4, as added by this act,
(4) Study any additional topics the legislative council considers necessary.
(c) The committee shall operate under the policies governing study committees adopted by the legislative council. The committee shall submit a final report to the following:
(1) The legislative council in an electronic format under IC 5-14-6.
(2) The governor.
(3) The chairperson of the house committee on ways and means.
(4) The ranking minority member of the house committee on ways and means.
(5) The chairperson of the senate committee on appropriations.
(6) The ranking minority member of the senate committee on appropriations.
(d) This SECTION expires December 31, 2012.