According to the Rules Governing Distance Learning adopted by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) on July 11, 2005, all distance learning courses must be approved prior to the courses being offered to or taught by a public school district or charter school. (A new round of review/approvals is being conducted for courses to be offered in the Spring 2007 semester for any course(s) not previously submitted and approved.) The upcoming round of approvals are for the courses not submitted and approved in May 2006 and that will be offered during the Spring 2007 semester. The deadline to submit the Course Approval Forms is Monday, November 20, 2006, and should be submitted to the Distance Learning Coordinator at the local education service cooperative. Review of submitted applications will begin on Thursday, November 30, 2006, and will conclude no later than Friday, December 1, 2006. Applicants may access and print the Course Approval Form at the ADE Distance Learning Centerís website: http://dlc.k12.ar.us/pdf/Course_Approval/Course_Approval_Form_06-07.pdf.
Applicants must submit all of the requested documentation with a complete course approval form for each course that will be offered to schools using any distance learning technology. Notifications regarding the course approvals will be e-mailed or faxed to the Distance Learning Coordinator at the education service cooperatives and to the course provider.