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Extended Learning Opportunities


The Minumum Standards for School Approval require that local school districts adopt policies that enable extended learning opportunites for students. Extended learning means: the primary acquisition of knowledge and skills through instruction or study outside of the traditional classroom methodology, including, but not limited, to

  • Apprenticeships
  • Community service
  • Independent study
  • Online courses
  • Internships
  • Performing groups
  • Private instruction

ED 306.27 (b)(4):

(4) Districts shall develop local policies that identify how the district shall engage students in creating and supporting extended learning opportunities that occur outside of the physical school building and outside of the usual school day in which students demonstrate achievement as well as other educational experiences and instructional activities required by Ed 306.

(5) The extended learning opportunities in (4) above shall

a. Consist of activities designed to:

1. Provide acknowledgement of achievement or supplement regular academic courses; and

2. Promote the schools and individual students’ educational goals and objectives;

b. Be governed by a policy adopted by the local school board that:

1. Provides for the administration and supervision of the program;

2. Outlines how certified school personnel will oversee, although not necessarily lead, facilitate, or coordinate, an individual student’s program;

3. Requires that each extended learning proposal be aligned with district and graduation competencies consistent with RSA 193-C:3 that students are expected to demonstrate for graduation, and be approved by the school prior to its beginning;

4. Specifies that students will be able to attain acknowledgement of achievement through mastery of district or graduation competencies for extended learning activities, including, but not limited to, independent study, private instruction, team sports, performing groups, internships, community service, and work study; and

5. Requires that acknowledgement of achievement shall be based on a student’s demonstration of district or graduation competencies, as approved by a certified educator;

c. Incorporate student participation in selecting, organizing, and carrying out extended learning activities; and

d. Be available to all students;

ECS Presentation on Competencies and ELOs Frequently Asked Questions
Final Report of Evaluation Findings Acrobat Reader Highlights of the New Hampshire Extended Learning Opportunities (NH ELO) Initiative PowerPoint (If you save this powerpoint to your computer you will be able to view the notes pages that go with each slide.)
Four Components of A Rigorous ELO Acrobat Reader Supporting Student Success Through Extended Learning Opportunities

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