Quality Requirements

Applicants must meet each quality requirement listed below in order to participate in the approval review process. If any quality requirement is not met, it will prevent an application from being reviewed. Discovery of a Provider's failure to adhere to the following qualifications can be basis for revocation of approval and relinquishment of application payment. The assurance of quality adherence is reflected in the application.

Federal and State Laws, Rules and Regulations

The applicant acknowledges the responsibility to uphold any other pertinent federal or state law, rules, or regulations in the delivery of its online courses.

Idaho State Certified Teachers

All instruction delivered to students in Idaho must be delivered by teachers who hold Idaho education credentials. Teachers who instruct online courses must meet the "Highly Qualified" definition under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 in both qualification and instruction practices. The applicant acknowledges that Idaho approval covers only courses delivered to Idaho students and delivered by Idaho certified teachers. Teacher credential information must be included in Form A of the application.

Standards Alignment

For Outside Service Providers, the Online Course Review Teams determine the final correlation of all courses to the Idaho Content Standards (ICS) and Idaho Core ELA/Literacy Standards (CCSS). Courses will be reviewed by the team members according to content knowledge and skills associated with the Idaho Content Standards (ICS), and the Idaho Core ELA/Literacy Standards (CCSS). This is only applicable with content areas with standards. Outside Service Provider applicants must include information about the degree of alignment (must be at least 80% for approval), who conducted the alignments (name/title and/or service provider), the standard(s) aligned, and the dates of alignments. All courses must be mapped and labeled with the appropriate Approved Idaho Course Code. For further course descriptions and teacher qualifications, please see the Assignment Credential Manual . All mathematics courses must align to the Idaho Core Content Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics.

Professional-technical courses are intended to be offered as a part of a program of study. Programs of study are an aligned sequence of secondary to postsecondary academic and technical education coursework intended to prepare students for a career by attaining a postsecondary credential or industry certificate. The content of professional-technical courses regularly changes and evolves to meet current industry requirements. Therefore, it is necessary for providers of professional-technical online courses to coordinate content development with the Idaho Division of Professional Technical Education. Potential online course providers should contact Kristi Enger, PTE Coordinator, at kenger@pte.idaho.gov with any questions regarding PTE content alignment.

Please include location reference(s) for each standard found within each submitted course. This may include: unit number, section location, paths, or other means to clearly identify the location of standards within a course. The alignment reviewer's evaluation form may be used for reference.

Advanced Placement

All of the applicant's Advanced Placement (AP) courses have been approved via the College Board AP Course Audit. For AP courses not yet offered at the time of application, the applicant agrees that those courses will be approved by the College Board prior to the applicant offering the course to students.

Providers will be required to list the names of courses approved in the College Board audit. (Please include date of audit for each course Form B of the application).

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The applicant's data management systems must ensure all student information remains confidential, as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Accessibility

The applicant's web systems will conform and adhere to Section 508 of the American's with Disabilities Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as well as any applicable state and local laws and regulations. All presented information must also comply with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights "Dear Colleague" letter dated June 29, 2011. The Provider will not be responsible for creating a student's Individual Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan. The provider will be responsible for the implementation of the IEP or 504 Plan and ensuring proper compliance with all applicable sections of the IEP or 504 Plan. The student's instructional goals, accommodations, and modifications, as defined in the IEP or 504 Plan, will be followed in the online environment and the online teacher will provide academic information as part of the student's IEP or 504 team.

Accountability

The applicant is accountable for the quality of the courses and content it offers, irrespective of any third-party contractual arrangements, partnerships or consortia contributing to the content or delivery of the online courses.

Assessment

All courses must have an end-of-course assessment and other demonstrations of mastery. This may include, but not be limited to: multiple choice tests, open-ended question tests, or performance tasks (i.e. papers, portfolios, speech etc.). All assessments must enable accessibility for special education and Limited English Proficient /English Language Development populations (i.e. Braille, large print, alternative format, audio capabilities etc.). Alternative formats must not compromise or impact the construct being measured.

Reporting

The applicant agrees to provide all information as requested by the Idaho State Department or Department designees, in keeping with state and federal laws, for the purpose of audits, evaluation compliance, monitoring, and other purposes.

Course Changes

The applicant agrees to inform, in writing, the Idaho State Department of Education of any significant changes to its courses. The applicant also agrees that significant changes to the content or method of delivery may initiate a full course review. Significant changes include, but are not limited to: Content, Syllabus, Learning Objectives, Course Outline, Course Instructor Changes, Delivery Methodology, Curricular Materials, etc.

Course Content

The applicant acknowledges and understands that any course content provided or offered by the applicant through the Digital Learning Portal shall not in whole or in part, infringe upon an enforceable patent, copyright, trade secret, trademark or other proprietary right of any third party. By submitting an application, the applicant affirms that it knows of no action or proceeding of any kind pending, or to its knowledge, threatened against, by or affecting the course content at issue, which if decided, is adverse to the applicant, and could adversely affect the applicant?s ability to provide or offer the courses described in this application.