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College Credit Plus : What You Need to Know

Mar 17, 2015

College Credit Plus (CC+) is a new program for the 2015-2016 school year that can help students earn college and high school credits simultaneously. As with most new programs, you may need to make changes to your processes and policies. Below we’ve highlighted a few aspects of CC+ that are important for school administrators to know.

CC+ allows students to earn college and high school credits at the same time. CC+ was created to promote rigorous academic pursuits and give more options to students demonstrating that they are college-ready. CC+ replaces Ohio’s Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program, but shares many of the same components. 

One difference is the scope of CC+.  Under PSEO, only students in grades 9-12 could participate.  Now under CC+, Students in grades 7-12 may participate. 

Another difference is notification and enrollment.  Prior to March 1 of each year, the school must provide information about the CC+ program to students in grades 6-11.  By April 1 of each year, a student must notify the school of his/her intent to participate in CC+. 

There is incentive to ensure students provide notice of intent to participate by April 11.  If a student provides notice after this date, his/her principal must approve participation.  If a principal denies participation, the student may appeal the decision to the State Board of Education.  The standards for “approving” or “denying” participation are undefined. R.C. 3365.03. 

Finally, are two overlooked components that you should be aware of.  If a student is expelled while participating in CC+, the school is required to provide notification to the participating college or university.  Furthermore, the school must review its policies to determine whether it has a policy for granting or denying credit for post-secondary courses earned while expelled.  See R.C. 3313.613. Schools wanting to “deny” credit need to have a policy adopted. 

If you have any questions regarding your district’s obligations under the new CC+ program, or how your district’s teachers can become CC+ certified, please contact the Education Law Team at Day Ketterer. 

The content of this blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice for any purpose. This blog is not intended to present an exhaustive summary of all applicable laws, or to take the place of legal advice.  If you have any questions regarding the law, please contact us for assistance.