Process by which students may meet a graduation requirement for knowledge acquired in another learning environment other than standard course curriculum. Students demonstrate knowledge through an exam process administered by school district staff. See school board policy 620: Receiving Course Credit for Learning.
Course Credit for Learning (Policy 620)In accordance with state statute, Edina Public Schools provides processes by which students in grades 9-12 may earn course credit by demonstrating mastery of course power standards through assessment or submitted evidence. This option aligns with the district’s mission to personalize learning for students through competency-based learning and providing multiple pathways to credit accomplishment.
The intent of the policy is to provide credit for learning that occurs in other schools, alternative learning sites, postsecondary enrollment option, advanced enrichment programs, out-of-school experiences, work-based learning and other education. Parameters for credit for prior learning include:
- Available for graduation-required coursework only
- A student may attempt to earn credit for prior learning only once for each course
- A student may not earn more than two credits per year (eight credits toward graduation) via this credit option
- To be awarded credit for the course with P for “passing” on a student’s transcript, students must:
- Acquire a score at or above 3 (meets expectations) for evidence assessed using a rubric
- Acquire at least 80% on the exam
The credit by assessment exam timeline for courses offered in 2020-21 is shown below. Dates for the exam opportunities are yet to be determined. Each exam will be scheduled within a four hour testing window. The actual length of exam may be shorter and the exact times/specifics will be communicated directly to students and families once their application has been approved and the logistics have been determined.
According to the policy, students will not be denied the opportunity to pursue course credit for learning. Interested students must fill out the electronic application. The electronic application form will be available beginning the first day of second semester and it mirrors Appendix I of Policy 620.
Checklist for Students:
For more details about credit for prior learning, see Board Policy 620.
- Student must be in grades 8-12
- Student must have received credit for any prerequisites the course requires
- Student must continue to maintain full-time status during process
- Completed application must be submitted two weeks prior to the last day of school (see below for more information)
Course Credit for Learning Frequently Asked Questions
Credit by Assessment Exams are only offered for courses required for high school graduation and courses that are sequential must be addressed in the same sequence. If a course requires a prerequisite, the student must have received credit for the prerequisite before attempting credit by assessment.
Students in grades (incoming) 9-12 will have the opportunity to receive course credit through a Credit by Assessment exam process (only courses required for graduation).
Credit by Assessment is an opportunity for students to earn credit for prior learning by demonstrating mastery of applicable subject matter acquired through learning opportunities outside of standard district courses, provided such experiences meet current Minnesota academic standards.
Course materials or other teacher created resources, such as textbooks, are not provided. However, a brief study guide (outlining test format, components and/or the standards to be assessed) will be provided.
Successful completion is considered 80% (B grade) or higher. If a student does not achieve this level, the credit is not awarded and the student must take the course to earn the credit.
A “passing” notation (P) will be recorded on the student’s transcript.
A student may attempt to earn credit only once for each course.
A student may not earn credit for a course in which he/she previously received a grade and credit..
The exam can be in one or more formats including the following: multiple choice; short answer; performance-based assessment; demonstration of skills; interview; presentation; exhibition and/or; written composition. More specific details pertaining to a particular exam will be provided regarding components and format.
According to Policy 620 (Appendix II), exams will be limited to a maximum of 4 hours, including instructions and breaks.
Students ready to demonstrate mastery of content for a required course should first see their counselor. Counselors will guide students through the process, provide the timeline and digital application for credit by assessment.