File No. 34231
This rule was published in the December 1, 2010, issue (Vol. 2010, No. 23) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Adult Education Programs
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 34231
Filed: 11/10/2010 03:02:36 PM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
This rule is amended to provide new and updated definitions and processes that include language to provide limited funding from the adult education appropriation to the Utah State Office of Education for oversight, monitoring, and evaluation of adult education programs. The amended rule also provides changes for determining residency status and the distribution of federal adult education funds by the Utah State Office of Education.
Summary of the rule or change:
The amendments provide a change to program standards; adult education program student eligibility; program, curriculum, outcomes and student mastery; allocation of adult education funds; and provides a new section on oversight, monitoring, evaluation, and reports.
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Subsection 53A-1-402(1)
- Subsection 53A-1-401(3)
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
There are no anticipated costs or savings to the state budget. The changes just update language and processes for the adult education program which does not result in any costs.
There are no anticipated costs or savings to local government. The changes just update language and processes for the adult education program which does not result in any costs.
There are no anticipated costs or savings to small businesses. This rule and the amendments to the rule apply to public education funding and distribution and do not affect small businesses.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
There are no anticipated costs or savings to persons other than small businesses, or local government entities. The changes just update language and processes for the adult education program and do not affect individuals.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
There are no compliance costs for affected persons. The changes just update language and processes for the adult education program which does not result in any costs.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
I have reviewed this rule and I see no fiscal impact on businesses.
Larry K. Shumway, State Superintendent
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:Education
250 E 500 S
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84111-3272
Direct questions regarding this rule to:
- Carol Lear at the above address, by phone at 801-538-7835, by FAX at 801-538-7768, or by Internet E-mail at email@example.com
Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:
This rule may become effective on:
Carol Lear, Director, School Law and Legislation
R277. Education, Administration.
R277-733. Adult Education Programs.
R277-733-4. Program Standards.
A. Local Utah adult education programs shall comply with state and federal requirements and Board rules and follow procedures as defined in the Utah Adult Education Policy and Procedures Guide published, updated, and available from the USOE.
B. Local Utah adult education programs shall make reasonable efforts to market and inform prospective students within their geographic areas of the availability of the programs and provide enrollment information.
C. Utah adult education services may be offered to qualifying individuals whose primary residence is located in a community closely bordering Utah not conducive to commuting to the bordering state's closest adult education program. These individuals if approved by the adult education program in the school district providing the services, shall not be charged out-of-state Adult Education tuition.
D. Adult education programs/courses may also be made available to Utah residents who are between the ages of 16 and 18, as determined necessary by local adult education programs.
E. Local adult education programs shall make reasonable efforts to schedule classes at local community sites and times that meet the needs of adult education students.
F. Each eligible adult education student shall have a written Student Education Occupation Plan (SEOP) defining the student's goal(s) based upon a complete academic assessment, prior academic achievement, work experience and an established Entering Functioning Level. Annually, the plan shall be reviewed by the student and a designated program official and maintained in the student's file along with a signed data matching/agency sharing waiver release form.
G. Only courses identified in R277-733-7 qualify for adult education funds.
H. Local adult education programs shall establish and maintain a local adult education advisory committee consisting of representation from the Utah Department of Workforce Services, Vocational Office of Rehabilitation, higher education and other interested community members with the responsibility to advocate for exemplary adult education programs through collaboration and partnerships with businesses and other community agencies.
I. The USOE shall evaluate local programs
through tri-annual site monitoring visits, [
annual] desk monitoring, and as needed, additional site
visits or both, to assure compliance.
J. Education staff, including program administrators, assigned to provide education services shall be qualified and appropriate for their assignments.
K. The teaching certificate and endorsement held by a staff member of a school district or community-based program shall be important in evaluating the appropriateness of the teacher's assignment, but not controlling. For instance, elementary teachers may teach secondary age students who are performing academically at an elementary level in certain subjects. Individuals teaching an adult education high school completion class shall hold a valid Utah elementary or secondary education license and may issue adult education high school completion credits in multiple subjects. Non-licensed individuals providing instruction in ESOL, ABE, GED Test preparation or AHSC classes shall instruct under the supervision of a licensed program employee.
L. Individuals with post-secondary degrees
not in possession of a Utah teaching license[
s] may be considered for employment solely in an
adult education program teaching adult students [ following the completion of a student teaching field
experience in an accredited adult education program].
M. Individuals with TESOL or ESOL credentials may be considered for employment solely in an adult education program teaching adult students following the completion of a student teaching experience in an accredited adult education program.
R277-733-6. Adult Education Program Student Eligibility.
A. An individual is eligible to be a Utah adult education student if
(1) the prospective adult education student is at least 16 years of age and the student's class has not graduated; or
(2) a prospective adult education student
who is otherwise eligible provides [
one of the following to establish Utah residency:]
(a) valid state of Utah driver license; (b) valid state of Utah driver privilege card;
(c) valid state of Utah identification card; or
(d) valid state of Utah resident fishing or hunting
(3) a prospective adult education student provides one of
the following in the prospective student's name with the home
mailing address (no post office boxes); documentation shall have
been received no more than 12 months prior to the
individual's registration request:
(a) mail from an in-state or out-of-state
(b) utility bill or work order;
(c) cell phone or telephone bill;
(d) employee pay stub;
(e) written statement on an employer's letterhead
defining a job commitment;
(f) current year automobile registration;
(g) Utah state government agency form letter;
(h) Utah public library card;
(i) rent or mortgage payment statement;
(j) Utah voter registration card;
(k) Utah high school/college transcript or report
(l) tribal correspondence;
(m) approved or denied free or reduced lunch application
from the individual's children's school that includes the
individual's name on the application;
(n) daycare or nursery school record of the
individual's children that includes the individual's name
on the record;
(o) K-12 registration demographic card of children
enrolled in a Utah school that includes the individual's name
on the card.
]B. The following does not establish residency for purposes of adult education programs:
(1) mail addressed to occupant or resident;
(2) letters from friends or relatives;
(3) power of attorney documents;
(4) personal correspondence addressed to a post office box.
C. To be eligible for participation in an adult education program, a Utah resident shall be:
(1) an individual 17 years of age or older whose high school class/cohort has graduated; or
(2) an individual emancipated under Section 78-3a-1005; or
(3) an individual emancipated by marriage; or
(4) an individual who is at least 16 years of age who has not graduated from high school and who is no longer enrolled in a K-12 program of instruction; or
(5) a student 16 to 19 years of age whose class has not graduated and who is attending adult education classes as an alternative to a traditional public education program.
D. Non-Utah residents from states bordering Utah seeking enrollment into an adult education program in Utah shall be considered resident Utah students consistent with individual agreements between the Utah Adult Education Program and the individual states bordering Utah.
R277-733-8. Program, Curriculum, Outcomes and Student Mastery.
A. The Utah Adult Education Program shall offer courses consistent with the Utah Core curriculum under R277-700.
B. The Utah Core curriculum and teaching strategies may be modified or adjusted to meet the individual needs of the adult education student.
C. Written course descriptions for AHSC required and elective courses shall be developed by school district adult education programs for all classes taught, consistent with the Utah Core curriculum and Utah adult education curriculum standards, as provided by the USOE.
D. Written course descriptions for GED Test preparation, ESOL and ABE courses shall be developed cooperatively by school districts, CBOs and the USOE based on Utah Core curriculum standards, modified for adult learners.
E. Course descriptions shall contain adult education mastery criteria and shall stress mastery of adult life skill material consistent with Core objective standards and the Core curriculum.
F. Course content mastery shall be stressed rather than completion of predetermined seat time in a classroom.
G. Adult high school completion education is determined by the following prerequisite courses:
(1) ESOL competency AEFLA levels one through six;
(2) ABE competency AEFLA levels one through four.
H. AHSC courses for students seeking an Adult Education Secondary Diploma should meet federal AEFLA AHSC Levels I and II competency requirements with a minimum completion of 24 credits under the direction of a Utah licensed teacher as provided below:
(1) Adult High School Core Courses, as offered consistent with Utah Core objectives:
(a) 24.0 units of credit required through satisfaction of a course of study by demonstrated course competency or school district approved competency examination in correlation with the student's SEOP career focus;
(b) awarded adult education credit options including continuous professional employment training required for a professional license; or
(c) documented achievement of a trade or skill, basic or advanced military training;
(d) apprenticeship, union or registered work credentials;
(e) successfully passing all five GED Tests; academic credit for successfully passing all five GED Tests may only be applied toward an Adult Education Secondary Diploma if the proposed awarded units of credit were transcripted by June 30, 2009;
(f) transcripted college or university courses as they align to the following Core instructional areas:
(i) Language Arts: [
(ii) mathematics: [
2].0, individualized mathematics courses to meet the life
needs of adult learners;
(iii) science: [
2].0, from the four science areas of chemistry, biological
science, earth science, or physics;
(iv) social studies: 2.50, 1.0 in United States history, .50 in United States government and civics, .50 in geography; and .50 in world civilizations;
(v) arts: 1.50;
(vi) healthy lifestyles: 2.0, individualized courses meeting the life needs of adult learners that include: .25 - 1.50 health education, .25 - 1.50 individualized fitness for life courses;
(vii) career and technical education (CTE): 1.00;
(viii) general financial literacy: .50;
education] technology: .50 computer technology courses or
successful completion of school district approved competency
(x) electives: [
9].0 units of credit.
I. The USOE Adult Education Section and local education programs shall disseminate clear information regarding revised adult education graduation requirements.
J. Adult education students receiving education services in a state prison or jail education program may graduate with an Adult Education Secondary Diploma upon completion of the state required 24.0 units of credit required under R277-700 and satisfied through completed credits or demonstrated course competency or a Utah High School Completion Diploma upon successful passing all five of the GED Tests consistent with students' SEOP career focus.
K. Adult Education Secondary Diploma graduation requirements may be changed or modified, or both, for adult students with documented disabilities through Individual Education Plans (IEPs) from age 16 up until their 22nd birthday or an adult education SEOP, or both to meet unique educational needs.
L. A student's IEP or adult education SEOP shall document the nature and extent of modifications, substitutions, or exemptions made to accommodate the student's disability(ies).
M. Modified graduation requirements for individual students shall:
(1) be consistent with the student's IEP or SEOP, or both;
(2) be maintained in the student's files;
(3) maintain the integrity and rigor expected for AHSC graduation.
N. School districts shall establish policies:
(1) allowing or disallowing adult education students participation in graduation activities or ceremonies; and
(2) allowing or disallowing adult education students from participating in the Utah Basic Skills Competency Test (UBSCT).
O. An adult education high school completion student may only receive an Adult Education Secondary Diploma earned through a designated Utah adult education program.
P. Adult education programs shall accept
credits and grades awarded to students from other state recognized
adult education programs, schools accredited by the Northwest [
Association of Accredited Schools] or schools or programs approved by
the Board without alteration.
Q. Adult education programs may establish reasonable timelines and may require adequate and timely documentation of authenticity for credits and grades submitted from schools or private providers.
R. A school district/adult education program is the final decision-making authority for the awarding of credit and grades from non-accredited sources.
S. Adult education shall provide a program that allows students to transition between sites in a seamless manner.
T. An adult education student seeking a Utah High School Completion Diploma shall be offered a course of academic instruction designed to prepare the student to take the GED Tests.
U. A Utah High School Completion Diploma shall be issued by the Board and distributed by the GED testing centers as agents of the Board or directly by the USOE GED administrator. Receipt of the Utah High School Completion Diploma does not end entitlement to a free appropriate public education for a student eligible for special education under IDEA.
V. Upon completion of requirements for a Utah Adult Education Secondary Diploma, or a Utah High School Completion Diploma, adult education students may only continue in an adult education program to improve their basic literacy skills if:
(1) their academic skills are less than 12.9 grade level in an academic area of reading, math or English; and
(2) they lack sufficient mastery of basic educational skills to enable them to function effectively in society. The focus of instruction shall be solely literacy and is limited specifically to reading, math or English.
R277-733-10. Allocation of Adult Education Funds.
Adult education state funds shall be distributed to school districts offering adult education programs consistent with the following :
A. Base amount distributed equally to each
participating school district with a Board-approved adult education
plan and budget[
- eight percent of appropriation].
B. Enrollee status students (not
- 25 percent of appropriation].
C. Contact hours (instructional and
non-instructional) for both enrollee status students and
- 18 percent of appropriation].
D. Adult Education Secondary Diplomas or Utah High School Completion Diplomas, whichever is awarded first.
E. Enrollee level gains: ESOL competency
levels 1-6, ABE competency levels 1-4, and AHSC competency levels[
1-2 - 20 percent].
F. Enrollee adult education completed
- nine percent].
F. Supplemental support, to be distributed
to school districts for special program needs or professional
development, as determined by written request and USOE evaluation
of need and approval[
- three percent or balance of appropriation].
(1) Any school district with pre-approved carryover adult education funds from the previous fiscal year may negotiate a request for supplemental funding as needed.
(2) Priority of supplemental funding shall be given to school districts whose initial adult education allocation is less than one percent of the state allotted total, as indicated on the state allocation table.
(3) Any balance of supplemental funds may be applied for by all remaining eligible school districts.
G]. Funds, state (flow through) or federal (reimbursement) or
both, may be withheld or terminated for noncompliance with state
policy and procedures and associated reporting timelines as defined
by the USOE.
KEY: adult education
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
November 9, 2009]
Notice of Continuation: October 5, 2007
Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law: Art X Sec 3; 53A-15-401; 53A-1-402(1); 53A-1-401(3); 53A-1-403.5; 53A-17a-119; 53A-15-404
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