Resources

A-G course lists

Use this search engine to find a California high school's, program's or community college's "a-g" course list. Only those courses listed on an institution's "a-g" course list can be used to satisfy the "a-g" subject requirements for UC and CSU admissions purposes.

A-G subject area course criteria

UC faculty have established course requirements and guidelines for all “a-g” subject areas. All courses must meet the criteria specific to each subject area to receive “a-g” approval.

BOARS Statement on K-12 Online Learning

The University’s Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools (BOARS) released their Statement on K-12 Online Learning [PDF] in May 2012. This statement is meant to express BOARS’ opinion as to the program elements that can lead to a high-quality online learning experience. It also provides a set of requirements that online courses must meet in order to receive the “a-g” designation, and that online programs, schools or districts must meet in order to add online “a-g” courses to their course list.

California Department of Education AB 294 Guidelines

UC faculty and staff recommend that high schools offering online courses refer to the California Department of Education AB 294 Guidelines [DOC] and implement these practices and policies, as appropriate.

California eLearning Framework

In August 2011, the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association published the California eLearning Framework [PDF]. This important document builds on the work of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and outlines the issues that need to be addressed in developing a statewide vision on how to implement effective online learning opportunities. It identifies four key components of quality online learning: content and content evaluation; teaching and professional development; technology support; and operational issues.

California Learning Resource Network (CLRN)

The California Learning Resource Network (CLRN) is funded by the California Department of Education and performs rigorous reviews of online courses for alignment with either the California Content Standards or the Common Core State Standards and the iNACOL Standards for Quality Online Courses. Course reviews involve a detailed content review by California educators in the relevant subject area. All online courses from a public school that offers their courses widely or online course publisher serving public institutions must be certified by CLRN prior to submission to UC for “a-g” review.

Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) focus on core conceptual understandings and procedures to guide educators toward curricula and teaching strategies that will give students a deeper understanding of the subject and skills they need to apply their knowledge. These standards for mathematics and English language arts represent a set of expectations at each grade level for student knowledge and skills that high school graduates need to master to succeed in college and careers.

The CCSS, adopted by California in August 2010, were developed through a state-led initiative to establish consistent and clear education standards for English language arts and mathematics that would better prepare students for success in our competitive global economy.

Content Standards and Frameworks for California public schools

All of the California Content Standards and Curriculum Frameworks were designed to encourage the highest achievement of every student by defining the knowledge, concepts and skills that students should acquire at each grade level. These standards and frameworks provide guidance to course development, but simple coverage of all standards is not enough to assure course approval.

Course description templates

Subject-specific course description templates give a comprehensive overview of the required course content information needed for “a-g” review, and can offer guidance in developing course descriptions for submission.

Course evaluation guidelines

Our subject area analysts use the “a-g” course evaluation guidelines, in addition to the subject area course criteria established by UC faculty, to determine the acceptability of a course for “a-g” approval. We recommend using this tool when preparing new curriculum for submission or when working on a course resubmission.

International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is a non-profit organization that facilitates collaboration, advocacy and research to enhance quality K-12 online teaching and learning. The organization is a leading advocate for online learning, and has played a central role in developing a set of three influential National Standards for Quality Online Courses, Teaching and Programs. These standards are a welcome framework through which schools, districts or the programs themselves can evaluate the quality of online learning.

Sample "a-g" courses

Sample courses are now accessible through the “a-g” Course List website. A search feature is available to locate sample course descriptions from across all of the subject areas and a number of Career Technical Education (CTE) industry sectors. The number of sample courses will continue to grow as our subject area analysts receive exemplary courses.

Workshops and webinars

UC offers free workshops and webinars focusing on topics such as developing courses for UC approval and the online course policy. Archived presentations and webinars are also available.