This Commissioner’s Memo is intended to clarify course coding for non-core academic courses that are taken only by special education students and are taught by a special education teacher. Such classes are often designated as, but not limited to, study skills, resource assistance, transition, or learning strategies and are designed to fulfill a course outlined in the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP)/transition (graduation) plan. Non-core academic courses of this type should be coded as 971530, the generic special education “resource services” code. Courses coded in this manner, as noted in Commissioner’s Memo LIC-07-029 dated 03/09/2007, do not meet the definition or standard for a core academic class under the No Child Left Behind Act, nor can this code be substituted for special education core academic alternative courses for special education students because each special education core academic course carries its own course code designation, as noted in the referenced Commissioner’s Memo.
For the non-core academic courses coded as 971530, the class size may go up to but not exceed 30 students. However, it is recommended that the per period class size be fewer than 30 to better accommodate the learning needs of students, given that this class is entirely populated by students receiving special education services.
For additional information pertaining to course coding for the classes, contact Marcia Harding or Tom Hicks at 501-682-4221.