Schools and courses must use these codes for the upcoming school year. It is important to utilize the codes correctly to meet federal and state reporting requirements.
Changes for Course Codes 2013-14
13-14 Course changes.pdf
704 KAR 3:540 states the following:
Section 1. (1) Local districts and schools shall use uniform academic course codes, listed and described in the Academic Course Code List, to classify all courses offered in each school when reporting to the Kentucky Department of Education.
(2) Reporting to the Kentucky Department of Education shall include the listing and linking of uniform academic courses if the listing of academic courses is required.
Section 2. The linking of local district and school codes to the uniform academic course codes shall be performed by district and school staff using the student information system.
Section 3. The Kentucky Department of Education shall annually audit the use of uniform academic course codes by districts and schools.
Section 4. Incorporation by Reference. (1) "Academic Course Code List", April 2010, is incorporated by reference. (2) This material may be inspected, copied, or obtained, subject to applicable copyright law, at the Office of Teaching and Learning, 18th Floor, Capital Plaza Tower, 500 Mero Street, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. (36 Ky.R. 2260; Am. 37 Ky.R. 60; eff. 7-12-2010.)
The Kentucky Uniform Academic Course Code List contains a listing of course descriptions and parameters along with certifications that fit the parameters for a given course. Please note that the table of contents and the bookmarks in each PDF document are clickable for ease of navigation. The content listed for a course cannot be changed; however, the grade range and population information listed for each course are not absolute and can vary slightly depending on the needs of the school. District should choose the course that most closely represents the students in a given course. The description and content of a course are the determining factors in what should be selected.
SPECIAL SCHEDULING CONSIDERATIONS
Special Ed Resource Classrooms
If a special ed resource classroom is covering one specific content area, the students should be assigned to a section of the appropriate course. If students are receiving instruction in multiple content areas within the a specific core area, please use the “Multi-subject/Multi-grade” course code found in the Math, Science, Social Studies, and English Language Arts lists. The individualized content for each specific course taught under these umbrella courses must meet the standards listed in this document. A highly qualified teacher is required. These course numbers should not be utilized when instruction is being provided related to one specific course.
Students enrolled in alternative programs or schools must be scheduled into courses reflecting at minimum the 4 core areas. Alternative schools can choose to schedule these courses either as individual courses linked to the appropriate state code (i.e. English I, English II, etc.) or as a single content area course using the “Multi-subject/Multi-grade” course code found in the Math, Science, Social Studies, and English Language Arts lists. The individualized content for each specific course taught under these umbrella courses must meet the standards listed in this document. A highly qualified teacher is required. These course numbers should not be utilized when instruction is being provided related to one specific course.
Offsite Vocational School/ATC Courses and Offsite College Courses
Students enrolled in vocational school courses and college level courses must be scheduled into courses linked to the appropriate state codes. Schools should not use a generic course number for all vocational courses or all college level courses.
Please note the cooperative education and work experience course codes are within the Kentucky Academic Course Code list, they are also provided as a separate document with this communication. The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority program regulation 11 KAR 15:090 has been modified to specify that only one cooperative education course per academic year will count for purposes of satisfying yearly KEES curriculum requirements. Therefore, beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year, course codes will be included in the KEES eligibility determination. Students taking cooperative or work experience courses must have 4 courses not listed as cooperative or work experience listed to be considered eligible for KEES.
Practicum courses are specific to Area Technology Centers. They can encompass many different instructional practices and experiences based on each individual school. They can involve educational experiences that are off-campus focused around work-based learning or can be created to meet individual student needs based on the student’s pathway and the learning projects/activities take place within the school. Practicum courses are not to be considered cooperative education courses.
Co-op courses 2013
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HOW TO USE THIS DOCUMENT
This document contains a listing of course descriptions and parameters along with certifications that fit the parameters for a given course. The grade range and population information listed for each course are not absolute. Please choose the course that most closely represents the students in a given course.
John Q Middle School had 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students taking a Creative Art course. This course would be linked to course number 500711: Creative Art – Comprehensive, which shows with a recommended grade range of 6th – 12th.
The courses listed in this document are not meant to replace the course titles and course numbers already in use at the school level. Schools will link their courses on the Infinite Campus “Course Master” tab OR in the “Course” tab to courses listed in this document.
Schools may have created courses that are very unique in order to meet students’ needs. If a course does not meet the definition or content of one contained in this document, please use course number 909999: School Defined Course, and code the correct content through the LEAD report.
Courses that trigger end of course assessment at the high school level are listed within the course code list but can also be found here: End of Course Exam Codes
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It is important to note that the certificates listed are the ones that fit ALL of the parameters for a specific course – there may be other certificates that can teach it with slightly more restrictive parameters.
It is very important to note that not all of the certificates listed under a specific course will meet the Highly Qualified Teacher standards as defined by The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Please refer to the Highly Qualified guidance documents located on the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) website at http://www.epsb.ky.gov/nclb.asp.
In addition to Highly Qualified considerations, please take note of the following information from The Kentucky Core Academic Standards with regard to middle school courses that are offered for high school credit.
High School Credit Earned in Middle School
It is expected that most students will earn these credits during their high school years. However, local school districts may offer these courses to middle level students if the following criteria are met:
the content and the rigor of the course is the same as established in the Kentucky Core Academic Standards
the students demonstrate mastery of the middle level content as specified in the Kentucky Core Academic Standards
the district has criteria in place to make reasonable determination that the middle level student is capable of success in the high school course
the middle level course is taught by teachers with either secondary or middle level certification with appropriate content specialization
Although middle level courses list the Provisional and Standard Elementary Certificates, Grades 1-8 as allowable under the parameters of these courses, they will not meet the above requirements for courses that are offered for high school credit.
This document is a guide; therefore the EPSB disclaims any warranties as to the validity of the information in this document. Users of this document are responsible for verifying information received through cross-referencing the official record in the EPSB’s Division of Certification. The EPSB shall not be liable to the recipient, or to any third party using this document or information obtained therefrom, for any damages whatsoever arising out of the use of this document.
Districts may contact the EPSB Division of Certification at (502) 564-4606 or email@example.com with question pertaining to certification.
Districts may contact Megan Cummins at (502) 696-7397 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions pertaining to KEES eligibility.