13A.03.02.12

.12 General Provisions.

A. Length of School Year. Maryland public high schools shall be open for at least 180 school days and a minimum of 1,170 school hours during a 10-month period in each school year.

B. Transfer Students.

(1) Attendance Requirements.

(a) To receive a diploma, a student shall be in attendance at a Maryland public high school one full semester immediately preceding graduation in addition to meeting the other diploma requirements.

(b) In cases where this requirement creates an undue hardship for a student transferring to or from a Maryland nonpublic school or from an out-of-State school and wishing to receive a Maryland high school diploma, the local superintendent of schools may waive the one full semester attendance requirement.

(c) Exception shall be made for a student with disabilities in a State-approved nonpublic program.

(d) Students transferring from one Maryland public high school to another during the second semester of their senior year and meeting all requirements for graduation shall be given the option of graduating from either high school by agreement of the local superintendent of schools or the respective local superintendents when more than one local school system is involved.

(2) Maryland High School Assessment Exemption Requirements.

(a) A student who transfers from a nonpublic school or a school out of State is exempt from one or more of the Maryland High School Assessments if, consistent with local school system policy and procedure, the principal of the Maryland public school in which the student enrolls determines that the course taken is aligned with the relevant High School Assessment and awards the student credit for taking any of the courses aligned with the High School Assessments, that is, algebra/data analysis, biology, English, or government, or all of these, in accordance with the principles set forth in §B(2)(c) of this regulation.

(b) A student who transfers from a nonpublic school or a school out of State and has not received credit for algebra/data analysis but has demonstrated mastery of the core learning goals of algebra/data analysis either through an evaluation or successful completion of subsequent mathematics courses for which algebra/data analysis is a prerequisite is exempt from the Maryland High School Assessment for algebra/data analysis.

(c) To award credit for taking any of the courses aligned with the High School Assessments, that is, algebra/data analysis, biology, English, or government, a principal shall determine through the following considerations whether the transfer student demonstrates subject matter knowledge aligned with the content standards for the subject:

(i) Administration of standardized tests and examinations;

(ii) Observation of the student in the classroom;

(iii) Use of interviews that are focused around the student's demonstration of course content knowledge and performance levels; and

(iv) Inspection of transcripts, report cards, and other documentation.

(d) A student who transfers from a nonpublic school or from a school out of State into a local school system after the first semester of his or her senior year is exempt from the Maryland High School Assessment Requirements.

(e) The exemption provided in §B(2)(d) of this regulation does not apply to a student with disabilities in a State-approved nonpublic program.

(3) Local Graduation Requirements. A student who enters a local school system in his or her senior year shall be granted a waiver from locally established graduation requirements unless the student chooses to fulfill the requirements.

(4) Unavailability of Official Transcript. If the transcript of record is not available, a local superintendent of schools or designee shall determine the appropriate placement of the student within the high school program by an evaluation of the student that shall include one or more of the following:

(a) Administration of standardized tests and examination;

(b) Observation of the student in a classroom setting;

(c) Use of interviews that are focused around the student's demonstration of course content knowledge and performance levels;

(d) Inspection of report cards and other documentation.

C. Notice to Parents or Guardians and Students. Each principal shall inform all students and their parents or guardians annually at a minimum of the following:

(1) Maryland's graduation requirements;

(2) The student's progress on fulfilling the credit, Maryland High School Assessment, service, and applicable IEP requirements for graduation;

(3) The results of each Maryland High School Assessment taken by the student;

(4) A plan for appropriate assistance, if applicable; and

(5) The Department's schedule for Maryland School Assessment and Maryland High School Assessment administration.

D. Grading and Reporting.

(1) Each local school system shall develop a written policy on grading and reporting that shall include but not be limited to the following:

(a) Establishment of instructional objectives and standards of performance for each course;

(b) Factors to be used in determining grades;

(c) Reporting contacts between parent (guardian) and teacher; and

(d) Compliance with the student record requirements as set forth in COMAR 13A.08.02.

(2) Each local school system shall file its policies on grading and reporting with the State Superintendent of Schools.