NCSL Fall Forum 2012: Rethinking "Seat Time": State Approaches to Earning Credit in Out-of-School Time

Fall Forum logoTo lower high school dropout rates and prepare students for jobs, more state policymakers are rethinking traditional ways of earning high school credit and instead are considering proficiency-based learning. Some states are allowing credits to be earned through expanded learning opportunities (ELOs), such as afterschool programs.  NCSL’s Education Standing Committee held a session called "Rethinking Seat Time" at NCSL’s 2012 Fall Forum in Washington, D.C., during which panelists discussed different approaches to earning credit in out-of-school time and the legislative policy implications. Arkansas State Senator Joyce Elliott moderated the session. Panelists included: