There is hereby established the post-secondary enrollment options program under which a secondary grade student who is a resident of this state may enroll at a college, on a full- or part-time basis, and complete nonsectarian courses for high school and college credit.
Secondary grade students in a nonpublic school may participate in the post-secondary enrollment options program if the chief administrator of such school notifies the department of education by the first day of April prior to the school year in which the school's students will participate.
The state board of education, after consulting with the board of regents, shall adopt rules governing the program. The rules shall include:
(A) Requirements for school districts, community schools, or participating nonpublic schools to provide information about the program prior to the first day of March of each year to all students enrolled in grades eight through eleven;
(B) A requirement that a student or the student's parent inform the district board of education, the governing authority of a community school, the STEM school chief administrative officer, or the nonpublic school administrator by the thirtieth day of March of the student's intent to participate in the program during the following school year. The rule shall provide that any student who fails to provide the notification by the required date may not participate in the program during the following school year without the written consent of the district superintendent, the governing authority of a community school, the STEM school chief administrative officer, or the nonpublic school administrator.
(C) Requirements that school districts, community schools, and STEM schools provide counseling services to students in grades eight through eleven and to their parents before the students participate in the program under this chapter to ensure that students and parents are fully aware of the possible risks and consequences of participation. Counseling information shall include without limitation:
(1) Program eligibility;
(2) The process for granting academic credits;
(3) Financial arrangements for tuition, books, materials, and fees;
(4) Criteria for any transportation aid;
(5) Available support services;
(7) The consequences of failing or not completing a course in which the student enrolls and the effect of the grade attained in the course being included in the student's grade point average, if applicable;
(8) The effect of program participation on the student's ability to complete the district's or school's graduation requirements;
(9) The academic and social responsibilities of students and parents under the program;
(10) Information about and encouragement to use the counseling services of the college in which the student intends to enroll.
(11) A list of all institutions of higher education that currently participate in the program or in another dual enrollment program, as defined in section 3313.6013 of the Revised Code, compiled and distributed by the department of education pursuant to division (G) of this section.
(D) A requirement that the student and the student's parent sign a form, provided by the school district or school, stating that they have received the counseling required by division (C) of this section and that they understand the responsibilities they must assume in the program;
(E) The options required by section 3365.04 of the Revised Code;
(F) A requirement that student participation in the program be based solely on a participating college's established placement standards for college-level courses for which credit is awarded.
(G) A requirement that the department of education annually compile a list of all institutions of higher education that currently participate in the program or in another dual enrollment program as defined in section 3313.6013 of the Revised Code and, not later than the thirty-first day of December of each school year, distribute this list to all school districts, community schools, STEM schools, and chartered nonpublic schools in the state.
Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.
Effective Date: 09-28-1999; 06-30-2005; 06-30-2006; 2007 HB119 09-29-2007