The following is an equivalency procedure and flow chart for Career and Technical Education courses for Bellingham Public Schools. This procedure is modeled after the state recommendation from OSPI in accordance with the Equivalency Toolkit 3.3 revised September 2013.
The Equivalency Committee
The Equivalency Committee will be responsible for evaluating and making decisions regarding course equivalencies for Career and Technical Education and core academic courses, and will be comprised of:
- Director of Career and Technical Education
- Director of Teaching and Learning, Curriculum
- Principal or Assistant Principal
- High School Counselor
- Content Specialist(s) (will vary based on subjects)
Procedures and Timeline for Submitting an Initial Course Equivalency Request
- Teacher(s) and department head will submit the appropriate completed Equivalency Request Form from the Equivalency Toolkit 3.3 along with their course Curriculum Framework, sample assessments, and other supporting documents to their building principal for signature and comments.
- The principal will submit the requests and required materials to the Equivalency Committee in either the fall or spring according to specified deadlines. The fall submission deadline is October 31st. The spring deadline is June 15th.
- Teachers should submit their requests and required materials to their department heads and building principals at least one week prior to the specified deadlines to allow time for review prior to submission to the Equivalency Committee.
Procedures and Timeline for Evaluating Requests and Determining Course Equivalencies
- The Equivalency Committee will convene during the first week of November and last week of June to review submitted equivalency requests.
- For all equivalency requests, the Equivalency Committee will:
- Review the course curriculum framework to determine if required standards for equivalency from the appropriate Equivalency Request Form in Appendix K are evident throughout the course.
- Review the course assessments to determine if students are demonstrating the required standards for equivalency from the appropriate Equivalency Request Form in Appendix K.
- The committee will make determinations on fall submissions by Nov. 9 and June 30 for submissions made in the spring. The committee will make one of the following decisions during the Initial Evaluation regarding the equivalency request:
- Meets Standard for Equivalency – The course meets the standards required for equivalency and will be listed as an equivalency in the course guide for the following school year.
- Does Not Meet Standard for Equivalency – The course does not adequately meet the standards required for equivalency. Feedback is given regarding gaps and areas that need to be addressed if an equivalency is to be requested again.
Procedures and Timeline for Resubmitting a denied Equivalency Request
- If an equivalency request is denied upon initial review, a teacher may address identified gaps and resubmit their request by the next scheduled deadline – either Oct. 31 or June 15.
- The resubmission of an equivalency request will follow the same procedural requirements as an initial equivalency request outlined in these procedures.
Publishing District Approved Equivalencies
- The Equivalency Committee will annually publish a list of approved course equivalencies no later than Dec. 1 of the school year for inclusion in each high school’s course catalog.
- Additions to the published equivalency list will apply to all students the following school year.
- Deletion of equivalencies from the existing equivalency list will apply only to the following year’s freshman students. Students who will be sophomores, juniors, and seniors that following year will be allowed to use the previously published equivalencies.