OCR issued Questions and Answers on single-sex elementary and secondary classes and extracurricular activities

Note: Today, OCR issued Questions and Answers on single-sex elementary and secondary classes and extracurricular activities.  The link is http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/faqs-title-ix-single-sex-201412.pdf.  These Questions and Answers address the legal requirements under the Department’s Title IX regulations governing single-sex elementary and secondary classes and extracurricular activities.

 

 

From: U.S. Department of Education [mailto:ed.gov@public.govdelivery.com]
Sent: Monday, December 01, 2014 9:17 AM
To:
Subject: Civil Rights Guidance to K-12 Schools on Single-Sex Classes

 

Dear Colleague:

Today, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released guidance for K-12 schools that offer or want to offer single-sex classes. In response to numerous inquiries about the legality of single-sex classes, OCR issued guidance that charts a path for schools on how they can provide boys-only or girls-only instruction while remaining in compliance with civil rights laws.

To offer single-sex classes or extracurricular activities, schools must:

  • Identify an important objective that they seek to achieve by offering a single-sex class (such as improving academic achievement);
  • Demonstrate that the single-sex nature of the class is substantially related to achieving that objective;
  • Ensure that enrollment in the single-sex class is completely voluntary (through an opt-in, rather than an opt-out, process);
  • Offer a substantially equal coed class in the same subject;
  • Offer single-sex classes evenhandedly to male and female students;
  • Conduct periodic evaluations at least every two years to ensure that the classes continue to comply with Title IX;
  • Avoid relying on gender stereotypes;
  • Provide equitable access to single-sex classes to students with disabilities and English language learners; and,
  • Avoid discriminating against faculty members based on gender when assigning educators to single-sex classrooms.

The guidance document is presented in a question-and-answer format, offering common scenarios aimed at assisting schools and educators in designing single-sex programs that comply with Title IX.

For more information about OCR, please click here.

Thank you,

The Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education

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