3301-102-09 Approving applications for new internet- or computer-based community schools.

(A) Up to five new internet- or computer-based community schools may open each year, subject to approval by the state superintendent of public instruction. The department of education shall develop a process for approving internet- or computer-based community school applications pursuant to the requirements described in section 3314.013 of the Revised Code.

(1) An internet- or computer-based community school is defined in section 3314.02 of the Revised Code as a community school in which the enrolled students work primarily from their residences on assignments in non-classroom-based learning opportunities provided via an internet- or other computer-based instructional method that does not rely on regular classroom instruction or via comprehensive instructional methods that include internet-based, other computer-based, and non-computer-based learning opportunities;

(2) Online community school and eschool have the same meaning as internet- or computer-based community school.

(B) The application, directions for completion and submission, as well as the review, selection and notification processes shall be posted on the department's website at education.ohio.gov along with a list of applications received and their review and outcome status.

(C) The application shall include measures for determining the experience and quality of applicants to develop new internet- or computer-based community schools. Pursuant to section 3314.013 of the Revised Code, such measures shall include the following:

(1) The sponsor's experience with online schools, which shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

(a) The number of years and number of online schools for which the sponsor provided monitoring and technical assistance since the inception of such activities; and

(b) The degree to which the online schools met Ohio's operating standards for online schools (October 2011, education.ohio.gov), upon the effective date of those standards;

(2) The operator's experience with online schools, which shall include but not be limited to, the following:

(a) The operator's experience managing the daily operations of an online school or providing programmatic oversight and support to an online school since the inception of such activities, and

(b) The degree to which the online schools met Ohio's operating standards for online schools (October 2011, education.ohio.gov), upon the effective date of those standards.

(3) The sponsor's schools' records of academic performance in all years under its sponsorship including the following:

(a) Assessment of the sponsor's schools' student performance, as aligned with the evaluation system described in section 3314.016 of the Revised Code; and

(b) Report cards and performance ratings issued for the sponsor's community schools under section 3302.03 of the Revised Code;

(4) The operator's affiliated schools' records of academic performance in all years under its operation as measured by the following:

(a) Report cards and performance ratings issued for the sponsor's community schools under section 3302.03 of the Revised Code; and

(b) Comparable performance ratings of out-of-state schools with which the operator has experience.

(5) A preference for operators with previous experience in Ohio;

(D) The state superintendent of public instruction (or his/her designee) shall notify applicants of new internet- or computer-based community schools whether their application was approved or disapproved not later than July first for each applicable year.

(E) A new internet- or computer-based community school approved for opening for the 2013-2014 school year under division (B) of section 3314.013 of the Revised Code may open and operate in that school year regardless of whether it has complied with the community school contract and opening dates. For each school year thereafter, the school shall comply with all applicable provisions of section 3314.02 of the Revised Code.

Effective: 05/24/2013
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 05/24/2018
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3301.07 , 3314.013
Rule Amplifies: 3314.013