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Foreign Language

Iowa Code section 256.11(5)(f)

Foreign Language Waiver 2012-2013

  • Board Approval: Minutes that demonstrate that the local school board has approved this request to be waived from the 3rd and 4th sequential units of foreign language.
  • Hearing: None required
  • Department Deadline: None
  • Assurance: That all requirements were met; however, no students enrolled in the 3rd and 4th sequential units of this foreign language.
  • Requirements/documentation include:
    • Foreign language for which the waiver is sought.
    • Local school board approval of waiver request.
    • School or school district currently employs teacher licensed/endorsed to teach the 3rd and 4th sequential units of the foreign language for which the waiver is sought. A copy of the teacher’s license/endorsement is attached to the waiver request.
    • Grades 9-12 class schedule for the appropriate school year that shows that the 3rd and 4th units of this foreign language was assigned a schedule that would have allowed students to enroll, that the class was properly scheduled, and that students were aware of the course offerings.
    • Assurance that no students are enrolled.

General Accreditation Standards

281--Iowa Administrative Code 12.9

Chapter 12 Exemption Request Form 2014-2015

Chapter 12 Exemption Request Form for Grade 7or 8 Self-Contained Licensure for Accredited Nonpublic Schools 2014-2015

  • Board Approval: Board minutes that demonstrate that the local school board has approved the request.
  • Hearing: None required
  • Department Deadline: Written request and plan submitted to the department on or before January 1st preceding the school year for which the waiver is requested.
  • Required components for a general accreditation standards exemption request include:
    • The standard or standards for which the exemption is requested
    • A rationale for each general accreditation standard identified above.
    • The sources of supportive research evidence and information, when appropriate, that were analyzed and used to form the basis of each rationale.
    • How the school or school district staff collaborated with the local community or with the school improvement advisory committee about the need for the exemption request.
    • Evidence that the board approved the exemption request.
    • A list of the indicators that will be measured to determine success.
    • How the school or school district will measure the success of the standards exemption plan on improving student achievement or performance.

New Innovative Calendar and Continued Innovative Calendar

Iowa Code section 279.10

For more or less than 180 days. Note: The innovative school year calendar shall provide for an equivalent number of total hours that school was in session the year prior to the request for the waiver.

Continued Innovative Calendar Waiver 2013-2014

New Innovative Calendar Waiver 2013-2014

  • Board Approval: Yes
  • Hearing Deadline: Minutes of the meeting that verify that the public hearing for the innovative calendar request or continued innovative calendar request was held.
  • Department Deadline: The board shall file a request for approval with the department no later than November 1st preceding the school year for which the waiver is requested defined in the Code of Iowa.
  • Required components of request for new innovative school year:
    • Request for new innovative school year, including signatures of both superintendent and board president.
    • Rationale for educational impact.
    • Proposed calendar changes. (This does not mean that the district’s calendar must be board approved prior to submitting the request.)
    • Documentation of the notice of public hearing.
    • A list of savings and goals to be attained under the innovative school year.
  • Required components of request for continued innovative school year:
    • Request for continued innovative school year, including signatures of both superintendent and board president.
    • Documentation of the notice of public hearing.
    • An evaluation of savings and impacts on the educational program as a result of the innovative school year.

Early Start Date

Iowa Code section 279.10(4)

Form: Web-based document located on the Spring BEDS.

Report located at: https://www.edinfo.state.ia.us/securelogin.asp

  • Board Approval: Yes
  • Hearing Deadline: July 1st preceding the school year for which the waiver is requested defined in the Code of Iowa.
  • Department Deadline: Request is made in the preceding school year for which the waiver is requested on the spring BEDS.
  • Assurance: That the school district has held a public hearing and that starting school on the earliest starting date specified in Iowa Code section 279.10 subsection 1 will have a significant negative educational impact.

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 19, 2014 at 5:16am.