The Office of CTE is sometimes asked about home school acceptance of credit earned in Joint Vocational Schools (JVS). In the fall of 2010, the Ohio Department of Education's legal office made the interpretation below of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC).
OAC Rule 3301-61-03 suggests that a course offered by a JVS must be honored by the home school, as long as the course is referenced in the JVS program plan and meets all of the requirements of the Rule. Furthermore, OAC Rule 3301-35-04(F)(4)(b) requires that districts accept, for students that have transferred, all credits from any school that meets the requirements of the Operating Standards in OAC Chapter 3301-35. This provision applies to a transferring student, but if a JVS can establish that the course meets the operating standard requirements for courses of study (as set forth in OAC Rule 3301-35-04(B)(5)), then it seems a logical extension that the home school honor the JVS credit.
Most Recently Revised CTE Administrative Rules
On May 12, 2009, the State Board of Education adopted resolutions to approve four rules that support the provisions of ORC 3313.90, which establishes that each school district in Ohio shall provide career-technical education programs adequate to prepare a student for an occupation. The rules are the result of a five-year rule review cycle established by the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review.
The rules that were revised in 2009 are summarized below.
- 3301-61-03 Criteria for Secondary Workforce Development Programs
This rule: [A] establishes career-technical planning district authorization of applications for state-approval of programs and a five-year program approval renewal process; [B] adds the program of study as a component of each program (i.e., a sequence of coherent, non-duplicative programming spanning high school through two years of postsecondary study); and [C] specifies performance indicators that are also required by Ohio’s Carl D. Perkins Five-Year Plan.
- 3301-61-04 Criteria for Family and Consumer Sciences Programs
This rule establishes career-technical planning district authorization of applications for state-approval of programs and a five-year renewal process for program approvals.
- 3301-61-05 Criteria for Career-Based Intervention Programs
This rule: [A] establishes career-technical planning district authorization of applications for state-approval of programs and a five-year approval renewal process; [B] specifies performance indicators; and [C] calls for setting performace targets, performance review and the reporting of program structure.
- 3301-68-01 Criteria for Career Development Programs
This rule defines career development programs with an emphasis on individualized personal learning plans.
Further information on administrative rules can be obtained at the Register of Ohio and LAWriter® Ohio Laws and Rules.