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Common course numbering required by May 2011

The state Department of Education has completed the work started in the spring of 2010 to implement a common course numbering system for student transcripts. Districts will have until spring of 2011 to implement the codes into Infinite Campus. The new system will provide consistency in student transcripts across the state and a common understanding of the general content of courses.

Districts will need to log into Infinite Campus and align current titles/codes to the state codes. Districts must align all high school courses that are given for credit to one of the state codes.

Information regarding this process was sent to superintendents and high school principals via e-mail on Sept. 30.

The state used the National Center for Educational Statistics’ SCED codes, or School Codes for the Exchange of Data. The codes represent courses as a whole, but within Infinite Campus, districts will be able to keep their unique identifier to distinguish different semesters, trimesters or sections.

Starting in May of 2011, the state codes for courses taken in 2010-11 will need to be printed on a student's transcript. Example: Seniors will have state codes printed on their transcript for their senior year, but only district codes printed on their transcript for their junior, sophomore and freshman years.

Information about Common Course Codes can be found on the department’s website.

For technical questions, or if your district would like to contract with Infinite Campus to upload courses, contact: Infinite Campus Support website at http://support.infinitecampus.com/portal/

For questions regarding course alignment or implementation timeline, contact Becky Nelson at the Department of Education, (605) 773-3134 or becky.nelson@state.sd.us.