Self-assessment against iNACOL standards

All online courses must be assessed against iNACOL’s Standards for Quality Online Courses prior to their submission to UC for “a-g” review. For an online course to be considered for “a-g” approval, it must fulfill all 15 of the UC-identified “power standards” from the iNACOL course standards and satisfy at least 27 (or 80 percent) of the remaining standards.

Since the California Learning Resource Network (CLRN) is supported by the California Department of Education, their scope of work is limited to reviewing online courses from online institutions for use in California public schools. In lieu of a course obtaining CLRN certification, an institution will conduct a self-assessment of an online course against the iNACOL course standards.

Self-assessment vs. CLRN certification

To fulfill the first step of the two-step online course "a-g" review process, a course will either earn CLRN certification OR the institution will conduct a self-assessment of the course against the iNACOL Standards for Quality Online Courses. These two processes are not interchangeable and there are distinct instances when one assessment process is used in place of the other.

Type of Institution / Online Education Program

CLRN Certification

Self-Assessment

Online course publishers serving public schools

X

X*

Online course publishers serving only private institutions

 


Public high schools opening home-grown online courses only to students within their district

 


Public high schools opening home-grown online courses to students outside of their district

X

X*

Private high schools



*In place of CLRN certification for courses that do not align with a set of content standards, institutions will conduct a self-assessment of their course against the iNACOL course standards.For a list of courses eligible for CLRN review, please visit the CLRN website.

For online courses that are purchased or licensed from an online course publisher, it is the responsibility of the online course publisher to either obtain CLRN certification or to conduct a self-assessment of the course against the iNACOL course standards.

Conducting a self-assessment

The online course self-assessment is embedded into the new course submission form for “a-g” review on the Online Update website. A paper version of the Online Course Self-Assessment Form [PDF] is available to assist in completing the assessment process offline, but the results must be entered online into the new course submission form. Every three years, a self-assessment needs to be re-conducted against the iNACOL course standards before an online course is re-reviewed by UC for “a-g” approval.

Public online schools and online course publishers serving public institutions with online courses that align with a set of California Content or Common Core State Standards will instead submit their courses for CLRN certification.