2017 Tennessee Code
Title 49 - Education
Chapter 18 - Course Access Program Act
§ 49-18-105. Requirements of course providers.

Universal Citation: TN Code § 49-18-105 (2017)
  • To be authorized as a course provider pursuant to this chapter, a provider shall:
    • (1) Be subject to all federal and state laws and constitutional provisions prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services;
    • (2) Comply with all applicable state and federal student data privacy provisions, including, but not limited to, chapter 1, part 7 of this title, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g);
    • (3) Provide an assurance that all online information and resources for online or blended courses are fully accessible for students of all abilities, except as provided in subdivision (3)(E), including that:
      • (A) All courses submitted for approval are reviewed to ensure the courses meet legal accessibility standards;
      • (B) The provider has created and promulgated an accessibility online learning policy;
      • (C) The provider has designated a 504 coordinator, a grievance policy, and annual notifications;
      • (D) The provider has policies and activities to ensure its organizational and course web sites meet accessibility requirements; and
      • (E) The provider has no exam or test where a specific score is required to participate in course access program courses beyond completion of prerequisite coursework or demonstrated mastery of prerequisite material;
    • (4) Demonstrate either:
      • (A) Prior evidence of delivering quality outcomes for students as demonstrated by completion rates or other quantifiable outcomes; or
      • (B) For a course provider applying to offer a subject or grade level for the first time, a detailed justification of how its organization's subject matter, instructional, or technical expertise leads to successful outcomes for students;
    • (5) Ensure instructional and curricular quality through a detailed curriculum and student performance accountability plan that aligns with, and measures student attainment of, relevant state academic standards; and
    • (6) Provide assurances that the course provider shall electronically provide, in a manner and format determined by the department, a detailed student record of enrollment, performance, completion, and grading information to the school systems where eligible participating students are enrolled full time.
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