In June of 2007, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) published a common secondary school course classification system for high school courses. The purposes of the Secondary School Course Classification System: School Codes for Exchange of Data (SCED) are to make it easier for school districts and states to:
- Maintain longitudinal student records electronically;
- Transmit course taking information from one student information system to another;
- Meet reporting requirements;
- Reduce the cost and burden of transcript studies; and
- Use course taking information in research and evaluation of student outcomes.
In Kansas, a committee was brought together to work on developing Kansas Course codes that would be standard across all schools in Kansas. The purpose for developing the Standard Course Codes was so that they could be used on educator licenses and employment reports; and, if Kansas makes optimum use of the codes, they can become the codes used by most or all districts on student transcripts. The standard course codes developed are a system of numerical codes that are used to describe the courses taught by licensed teachers or completed by elementary and secondary students.
The Kansas Course Codes Management System (KCCMS) is the online tool whereby schools enter their courses which are then utilized in CTE/Pathways applications; STCO reporting for virtual school students over 19, migrant students, and CTE/Pathways students. Users must apply for an account via the KIDS system.
New Features for 2016-2017
1. The import/export file has been changed from bar delimited to tab.
2. Allow for mapping introductory CTE courses to 7th grade.
3. Added ability to filter by and download "future effective only) courses.
Inter-System Changes for 2016-2017
EDCS: EDCS will no longer utilize the local course information in KCCMS but instead will use the State course codes.
STCO: STCO has cut back on its reporting requirements to the following:
- Virtual School Students 19 and over
- Migrant Students