The California Learning Resource Network (CLRN) is supported by the California Department of Education to review online courses for both content and quality. The CLRN content review determines which California Content Standards or Common Core State Standards are met by online courses and examines the extent to which the material is covered and assessed. CLRN also reviews courses against iNACOL’s Standards for Quality Online Courses, a set of 52 criteria all online courses seeking “a-g” approval must be assessed against as a prerequisite for submission to UC.
CLRN certification vs. self-assessment
Online courses aligned to a single set of California Content Standards or Common Core State Standards from the following institutions will complete the CLRN certification process:
- Online course publishers serving public institutions
- Teacher-created online courses from public institutions open to students outside the local district
For a list of courses eligible for CLRN review, please visit the CLRN website.
In place of CLRN certification for courses that do not align with a set of content standards, public-serving online publishers and public institutions with home-grown online courses open to students outside the local district will conduct a self-assessment of their course against the iNACOL course standards.
Private institutions, online course publishers serving only private institutions and home-grown online courses from public institutions that are only open to students within the local district will not submit their courses to CLRN for certification. Instead these institutions will conduct a self-assessment of their individual online courses against iNACOL's Standards for Quality Online Courses.
Institutions that purchase or license online courses from an online course publisher will not complete the CLRN certification or self-assessment processes. It is the responsibility of the online course publisher to complete the appropriate assessment process before submitting their course to UC for "a-g" approval.
What is CLRN certification?
Only those online courses that are CLRN-certified can be submitted to UC for “a-g” review. Certification by CLRN does not guarantee UC “a-g” approval. The University’s subject area analysts still need to review the online course to determine if the content meets UC’s criteria for “a-g” approval. All CLRN-certified, UC-approved online “a-g” courses must be resubmitted to CLRN and UC every three years.
CLRN-certified courses must:
- Meet at least 80 percent of the relevant California Content Standards or Common Core State Standards.
- Fulfill all 15 of the UC-identified “power standards” from the iNACOL Standards for Quality Online Courses. Standards identified in bold are the “power standards.”
- Satisfy at least 27 of the remaining iNACOL Standards for Quality Online Courses.
Submitting a course to CLRN
Online course publishers serving public institutions and teacher-created online courses from public institutions that are open to students outside of the local district may begin the certification process by submitting the appropriate course materials and forms to CLRN for courses that align with the California Content or Common Core State Standards. For courses that do not clearly align with a set of content standards, these institutions may conduct a self-assessment.