Credit Flexibility - Implications for Local Associations
As a result of the Ohio Core legislation (SB 311 of the 2005-2006 General Assembly), the State Board of Education adopted Ohio’s credit flexibility policy on March 31, 2009. This policy requires school boards to adopt local policies that make it possible for students to pursue their education through options to the regular school program, such as online experiences, post-secondary course completion, educational travel, testing out by demonstrating mastery, etc.
Properly implemented, credit flexibility can provide a wider range of options for teaching and learning, particularly for helping students learn and apply 21st Century skills. It should also be especially useful in offering rich learning opportunities for students whose interests extend beyond the regular curriculum and for gifted students and those with disabilities.
However, because the licensed classroom teacher carries substantial responsibility for ensuring the quality of education that each student experiences in any school program, we offer this guidance so that your local association can advocate for the professional role of members in shaping educational options for the learners they serve. Please consult your Labor Relations Consultant for additional guidance.