504 and 508 Regulation Links:
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504
Section 504 Regulations
Questions and Answers on disability Discrimination under Section 504 and Title II
Section 508 Standards
Section 508 Standards Checklist
Web Accessibility Resources
Americans With Disabilities Act
Access Board (Architectural and Transportation Barriers compliance Board)
ITTATC (Information Technology and Technical Assistance Training Center)
CAST (Center for Applied Technology)
Access SC IT (ASCIT)
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative
Federal Trade Commission (COPPA)
WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool From WebAIM (free)
South Carolina School for Deaf and the Blind (Accessible Website Example) Consider website mobility user friendly concerns for user access via cell phones and devices.
SECTION 1-H630-DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
South Carolina School District Website Requirements
District websites are a resource to communicate with district communities and they have statewide and national outreach. These websites include some content that is required by state and federal regulation. The following information contains state and federal requirements of a district’s website content and other resources to consider for public awareness.
Provisos: 2017-18 Part 1B Section 1A-H630 Department of Education (from scstatehouse.gov)
Proviso 1.24. (SDE: School Board Meetings):
Website postings must include notice of the date, time, and agenda of regularly scheduled school board meetings 24 hours in advance. Regularly scheduled school board meeting minutes must be posted within 10 days of the next scheduled board meeting.
Proviso 1.26. &; (1A.14) (SDE-EIA: School Districts and Special Schools Flexibility):
Website posting must include quarterly district and special school certification of non-instructional or
nonessential program suspensions and specific flexibility actions taken.
Proviso 1.30. (SDE: Governor's Schools' Fees):
South Carolina Governor’s Schools must publish a fee schedule on their respective websites.
Proviso 1.31. (SDE: School District Furlough):
Each local school district must prominently post on the districts internet website and make available for public viewing and downloading the most recent version of the school districts policy manual and administrative rule manual.
Proviso 1.44. (SDE: Administrative Costs Report Posting):
School districts must post the amount of funds spent in the prior fiscal year on administrative cost defined by the financial analysis model, “In$ight,” for education programs utilized by the South Carolina Department of Education.
In$ight Financial Analysis Model: https://ed.sc.gov/about/chief-operating-officer-executive-offices/chief-information-office/total-quality-management/district-web-requirements/in-ight-financial-analysis-model/
School District Expenditure Transparency Methodology: https://ed.sc.gov/about/chief-operating-officer-executive-offices/chief-information-office/total-quality-management/district-web-requirements/methodology/
Proviso 1.50. (SDE: Health Education):
Each district shall publish on its website the title and publisher of all health education materials it has approved, adopted, and used in the classroom.
S.C. Code Ann. § 23-3- 535(F)(1)(b):
Each school district must post the Sex Offender Registry Website hyperlink.
SECTION 59-18- 900.:Annual report cards for individual primary, elementary, middle, high schools, and school districts must be of the pushed via the corresponding school/or district website.
Each school district should post comprehensive annual report cards (school and district) in a reader-friendly format.
(A) The Education Oversight Committee, working with the State Board of Education, is directed to establish a comprehensive annual report card, its format, and an executive summary of the report card to report on the performance for the individual primary, elementary, middle, high schools, and school districts of the State. The comprehensive report card must be in a reader-friendly format, using graphics whenever possible, published on the state, district, and school website, and, upon request, printed by the school districts. The school's ratings on academic performance must be emphasized and an explanation of their significance for the school and the district also must be reported. The annual report card must serve at least five purposes:
(1) inform parents and the public about the school's performance;
(2) assist in addressing the strengths and weaknesses within a particular school;
(3) recognize schools with high performance;
(4) evaluate and focus resources on schools with low performance; and
(5) meet federal report card requirements.
(B) The Education Oversight Committee, working with the State Board of Education and a broad-based group of stakeholders, including, but not limited to, parents, business and industry persons, community leaders, and educators, shall determine the criteria for and establish five academic performance ratings of excellent, good, average, below average, and school/district at-risk. Schools and districts shall receive a rating for absolute and growth performance. Only the scores of students enrolled in the school at the time of the forty-five-day enrollment count shall be used to determine the absolute and growth ratings. Graduation rates must be used as an additional accountability measure for high schools and school districts. The Oversight Committee, working with the State Board of Education, shall establish three student performance indicators which will be those considered to be useful for assessing a school's overall performance and appropriate for the grade levels within the school.
The student performance levels are: Not Met, Met, and Exemplary. "Not Met" means that the student did not meet the grade level standard. "Met" means the student met the grade level standard. "Exemplary" means the student demonstrated exemplary performance in meeting the grade level standard. For purposes of reporting as required by federal statute, "proficiency" shall include students performing at Met or Exemplary.
(C) In setting the criteria for the academic performance ratings and the performance indicators, the Education Oversight Committee shall report the performance by subgroups of students in the school and schools similar in student characteristics. Criteria must use established guidelines for statistical analysis and build on current data-reporting practices.
(D) The comprehensive report card must include a comprehensive set of performance indicators with information on comparisons, trends, needs, and performance over time which is helpful to parents and the public in evaluating the school. Special efforts are to be made to ensure that the information contained in the report card is provided in an easily understood manner and a reader-friendly format. This information should also provide a context for the performance of the school. Where appropriate, the data should yield disaggregated results to schools and districts in planning for improvement. The report card should include information in such areas as programs and curriculum, school leadership, community and parent support, faculty qualifications, evaluations of the school by parents, teachers, and students. In addition, the report card must contain other criteria including, but not limited to, information on promotion and retention ratios, disciplinary climate, dropout ratios, dropout reduction data, student and teacher ratios, and attendance data.
(E) After reviewing the school's performance on statewide assessments, the principal, in conjunction with the School Improvement Council established in Section 59-20-60, must write an annual narrative of a school's progress in order to further inform parents and the community about the school and its operation. The narrative must be reviewed by the district superintendent or appropriate body for a local charter school. The narrative must cite factors or activities supporting progress and barriers which inhibit progress. The school's report card must be furnished to parents and the public no later than November fifteenth.
(F) The percentage of new trustees who have completed the orientation requirement provided in Section 59-19-45 must be reflected on the school district website.
Accessibility and the ICT Refresh (January 18, 2018) https://www.access-board.gov/guidelines- and-standards/communications-and-it/about-the-ict-refresh
On January 18, 2017, the Federal Access Board announced a compliance date of January 18, 2018 requiring federal agency websites and electronic content to conform to WCAG 2.0 AA.
This announcement is known as the final rule, and falls under the authority of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Federal Website Requirements Applicable to Districts (Consideration of Individuals with Disabilities)
Schools and district entities receiving federal funding are required to take steps to ensure
individuals with disabilities are provided with equal opportunities (accessibility and reasonable
accommodations) in their programs and activities per the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section
504. Section 504 Regulations:
The Reauthorized Rehabilitation Act of 1998, Amended Section 508 addresses the issue of
electronic and information technology goods and services that are not fully accessible to all
individuals with disabilities.