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Credit Flexibility Guidelines


The Ohio Credit Flexibility policy allows students to earn credit through three main mechanisms: completion of traditional coursework, demonstration of mastery of course content, and use of one or more educational options (e.g., distance learning, independent study, internships, service learning, or other engagement projects). 

To participate in credit flexibility, a student must be enrolled as a full-time student and must be enrolled in all grade-level required courses. These courses may be satisfied by approved credit flexibility plans. These requirements ensure that a student will be eligible to meet Ross and Ohio graduation requirements. 

Traditional Credit Flexibility Options
CCP (College Credit Plus) and CBI (Career Based Intervention-Work Study/Co-op) and district-approved online courses are traditional credit flexibility programs that have existed in Ross Local Schools for multiple years.  A student will complete the Ross High School Credit Flexibility Request form in the Student Course Selection Guide to notify the guidance department of interest in these programs. The guidance department will complete the scheduling process to facilitate these requests. 

Demonstration of Course Proficiency Procedure 
The process and procedures available to students who want to earn credit through the demonstration of mastery are a local determination. If a student is interested in demonstrating course mastery without completing the traditional coursework and participating in traditional seat time, he or she will need to complete several steps.

The Demonstration of Course Mastery procedure at Ross High School begins with the written notification of a student’s intent to test out of a class utilizing the Ross High School Credit Flexibility Request form.  

Ross Local Schools’ Course Proficiency Option does not mean a single, paper-pencil, written final exam but rather incorporates multiple measures of student learning. The district process includes the completion of applicable Ross High School quarter or semester exams AND one of the following: research paper, project-based learning assignment, portfolio of work, a performance (when applicable for courses such as band) or other demonstration. 

The student, parent(s), or guardian(s) will meet with the credit flexibility team. At this meeting, the performance component will be designed and agreed upon by student, parent and credit flexibility team. The submission date will also be determined at this meeting. The written final exam component will also be scheduled at this meeting. A record of this performance component and deadlines will be given to the student and a record will be kept at the high school. 

Once final approval is granted, the student has 90 days to complete this process (exam plus additional project), unless otherwise determined by the student’s approved test-out plan. 

A student will have to receive an equivalency score of 85% on the Ross Local School District grading scale on the overall assessments to receive credit for the course. The grade on this multiple measure assessment will represent the grade on the student’s transcript.  

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An Individually Planned Educational Option Procedure 
The process and procedures available to students who want to earn credit through the Individually Planned Educational Option are a local determination. If a student is interested in the Individually Planned Educational Option without completing the traditional coursework and participating in traditional seat time, he or she will need to complete several steps.

The Individually Planned Educational Option procedure at Ross High School begins with the written notification of a student’s intent to create an individual plan for a class utilizing the Ross High School Credit Flexibility Request form.  

The student, parent(s), or guardian(s) and guidance staff will then meet to discuss expectations and to discuss the components of the student’s individual educational plan. At this meeting, the school will provide a traditional course syllabus and applicable textbook for the student. The team will then discuss the individual learning goals that will provide a clear roadmap for student learning. The development of the individual plan may need to occur after parent(s) and student review course syllabus, textbook and other materials. 

This individualized plan will clearly describe the activities the student will be completing (independently) to prepare for the performance and Ross High School final exam assessment. These activities could include, but are not limited to: distance learning, independent study, internships, service learning, or other engagement projects. Next, a date, time, and testing location will be scheduled for the student to complete the Ross High School quarter or semester exam and the performance component. This plan will be presented to the credit flexibility team for final approval. A copy of this plan will be given to the student and a record will be kept at the high school.

Once final approval is granted, the student has 90 days to complete this process (exam plus additional project), unless otherwise determined by the student’s approved individual plan. 

A student will have to receive an equivalency score of 85% on the Ross Local School District grading scale on the overall assessments to receive course credit for this class. The grade on this multiple measure assessment will represent the grade on the student’s transcript.