Education Laws and Regulations

603 CMR 27.00:
Student Learning Time


27.02: Definitions

As used in 603 CMR 27.00, the terms listed below shall have the following meanings:

Core subjects shall mean the core academic subjects specified in G.L. c. 69, section 1D (science, technology and mathematics, history and social science, English, foreign languages and the arts), and the subjects covered in courses which are part of an approved vocational-technical education program under M.G.L. c. 74.

Other subjects shall mean subjects other than core academic subjects that are required to be taught pursuant to G.L. c. 71, sections 1 and 3, and other subjects approved by the school committee as part of the district's program of studies.

Elementary school shall mean a school providing instruction to grades one through five, six, seven, or eight, and, where so designated by a school committee prior to the commencement of a school year, may also include a middle school or other intermediate level school providing instruction to grades five through eight or any combination thereof.

Optional school programs shall mean school activities not part of a course of study in either "core subjects" or "other subjects," which are offered by a school district to enrich the educational experience of its students and meet educational goals set by the local or regional school committee. Examples include: activity clubs; driver education; extracurricular student performance groups; non-academic assemblies; non-academic field trips; pep-rallies; sports; standardized testing other than statewide assessments conducted under M.G.L. c. 69, sections 1D and 1I; student government.

School services shall mean services which a school district provides to some or all students, either as a matter of state or federal law or regulation or local school district policy, to protect or improve student health and personal well-being, or enhance students' readiness and ability to learn. Examples include: special education diagnosis and evaluation; special education related services such as speech, physical and occupational therapy; health screening and prevention services; school breakfast and lunch.

Secondary school shall mean a school providing instruction to grades six through twelve, or any combination of those grades, except where a school committee, prior to the commencement of the school year, has designated a middle or other intermediate level school providing instruction to grades five through eight, or any combination thereof, as an elementary school.

Structured learning time shall mean time during which students are engaged in regularly scheduled instruction, learning activities, or learning assessments within the curriculum for study of the "core subjects" and "other subjects." In addition to classroom time where both teachers and students are present, structured learning time may include directed study, independent study, technology-assisted learning, presentations by persons other than teachers, school-to-work programs, and statewide student performance assessments.

Regulatory Authority:
603 CMR 27.00: M.G.L. c. 69, s.1G; St. 1993, c.71, s.29.

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