Extended Learning Opportunities
West Virginia shall allow for approved providers to offer students credit for their outside-the-classroom learning.
Who can provide extended learning opportunity programs?
Entities that may submit proposals is broadly defined and includes nonprofits, businesses with established locations in the state, afterschool programs, trade associations and apprenticeship programs, parents, teachers, and school personnel.
Which students are eligible?
High school students.
What type of credit can be obtained?
Elective credits can be awarded.
How do I apply to become an approved provider?
Each local county board of education is required to develop a policy for providers to submit applications for approval.
Who approves provider applications?
Provider applications must be approved by the local county board of education. A guidance counselor or advisor may work with students to seek elective course credit for extended learning programs that have not previously sought approval from the county board.
If the application is denied, the county board shall provide a detailed explanation of the reasons for its denial and suggest ways to improve the application that will assist its more favorable view by the county board.
What is the application process like?
The county board of education application policy will include material such as:
- Criteria to be used to evaluate the alternative educational program;
- Describe any communication and collaboration needed between the local school, county board, or State Board of Education to implement alternative educational opportunities;
- Place requirements on the entity, such as background checks for key personnel, and minimum accountability standards; and
- Provide a process for student credit transfer.
How does a student obtain credit?
Before commencing participation in an extended learning opportunity program, a student seeking elective course credit must submit a letter of intent to his/her designated advisor or guidance counselor who will determine the student’s eligibility.
What is an example of a Learn Everywhere program in action?
In New Hampshire, the Learn Everywhere program allows Seacoast United to offer student athletes physical education credit through their participation in various team sports.