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Chapter 3. Audits of California K-12 Local Education Agencies. Article 4. State Compliance Procedures: Charter Schools. Annual Instructional Minutes - Classroom Based.   

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For fiscal year 2011-12 only, do not perform the procedures set forth in this section. Perform the procedures set forth in Section 19854.1 instead.

(a) Review the charter school's attendance calendar and bell (class) schedules or other available comparable documentation. If the charter school has multiple sites, select a sample of school sites that is representative of the charter school's grade spans (elementary, middle, and high schools).

(b) For each sampled site, compare the amount of instructional minutes offered for each grade level during the year being audited to the amount of instructional minutes required pursuant to the provisions of subdivision (a)(1) of Education Code Section 47612.5 as set forth below for fiscal years 2005-06 through 2008-09:

Kindergarten 36,000 minutes

Grades 1 through 3 50,400 minutes

Grades 4 through 8 54,000 minutes

Grades 9 through 12 64,800 minutes

For fiscal years 2009-10 and 2010-11, and fiscal years 2012-13 through 2014-15, the minimum instructional time is reduced pursuant to the provisions of Education Code Section 46201.2 and consistent with subdivision (a) of Education Code Section 46201.3, as set forth below:

Kindergarten 34,971 minutes

Grades 1 through 3 48,960 minutes

Grades 4 through8 52,457 minutes

Grades 9 through 12 62,949 minutes

(c) Determine whether the charter school offered optional classes to satisfy instructional minutes requirements. If enrollment in optional classes was low, review the charter school's documentation of class offerings to ensure that the charter school acted effectively to comply with the law. Practices that are not consistent with effectively offering instructional time may include, but are not limited to, offering only a small number of courses that in addition are appropriate only for limited numbers of pupils, and courses scheduled such that pupils may take them only by giving up their lunch period.

(d) Prepare the ?Schedule of Instructional Time? that must be presented in the Supplementary Information section of the audit report, showing by grade span the minimum instructional minutes requirements specified in subdivision (a)(1) of Education Code Section 47612.5 for fiscal years 2005-06 through 2008-09, or for fiscal years 2009-10 and 2010-11, and fiscal years 2012-13 through 2014-15, the minimum instructional time as reduced pursuant to the provisions of Education Code Section 46201.2 as set forth in subparagraph (b) of this section, the instructional minutes offered during the year being audited showing the sampled site with the lowest number of minutes offered at each grade span; and whether the charter school complied with the instructional minutes provisions.

(e) If the charter school did not offer the required number(s) of instructional minutes, prepare a separate schedule for each site, showing only the grade level(s) that were not in compliance, and calculate a proportional reduction in apportionment consistent with the provisions of subdivision (c) of Education Code Section 47612.5. Include both the schedule(s) and the calculated reduction in apportionment, in a finding in the Findings and Recommendations section of the audit report.

Authority cited:

Education Code 14502.1

Reference:

Education Code 14502.1

Education Code 14503

Education Code 41020

Education Code 47612.5

Education Code 47634.2

(Amended by Register 2012, No. 6.)

Chapter 3. Audits of California K-12 Local Education Agencies

Article 4. State Compliance Procedures: Charter Schools

¤ 19854.1. Annual Instructional Minutes - Classroom Based.

For fiscal year 2011-12 only, perform the following procedures:

(a) Review the charter school's attendance calendar and bell (class) schedules or other available comparable documentation. If the charter school has multiple sites, select a sample of school sites that is representative of the charter school's grade spans (elementary, middle, and high schools).

(b) For each sampled site, compare the amount of instructional minutes offered for each grade level during the year being audited to the amount of instructional minutes required pursuant to the provisions of subdivision (a)(1) of Education Code Section 47612.5, reduced pursuant to the provisions of Education Code sections 46201.2 and 46201.3, as set forth below:

Kindergarten 33,531 minutes

Grades 1 through 3 46,944 minutes

Grades 4 through 8 50,297 minutes

Grades 9 through12 60,357 minutes

(c) Determine whether the charter school offered optional classes to satisfy instructional minutes requirements. If enrollment in optional classes was low, review the charter school's documentation of class offerings to ensure that the charter school acted effectively to comply with the law. Practices that are not consistent with effectively offering instructional time may include, but are not limited to, offering only a small number of courses that in addition are appropriate only for limited numbers of pupils, and courses scheduled such that pupils may take them only by giving up their lunch period.

(d) Prepare the ?Schedule of Instructional Time? that must be presented in the Supplementary Information section of the audit report, showing by grade span the minimum instructional minutes requirements specified in subdivision (a)(1) of Education Code Section 47612.5 as reduced pursuant to the provisions of Education Code sections 46201.2 and 46201.3 as set forth in subparagraph (b) of this section, the instructional minutes offered during the year being audited showing the sampled site with the lowest number of minutes offered at each grade span; and whether the charter school complied with the instructional minutes provisions.

(e) If the charter school did not offer the required number(s) of instructional minutes, prepare a separate schedule for each site, showing only the grade level(s) that were not in compliance, and calculate a proportional reduction in apportionment consistent with the provisions of subdivision (c) of Education Code Section 47612.5. Include both the schedule(s) and the calculated reduction in apportionment, in a finding in the Findings and Recommendations section of the audit report.

Authority cited:

Education Code 14502.1

Reference:

Education Code 14502.1

Education Code 14503

Education Code 41020

Education Code 47612.5

Education Code 47634.2

(New by Register 2012, No. 6.)