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Guidance for Implementing Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 49

House File 2392 implements the recommendations of the Secondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) Task Force, which call for a modernization of secondary CTE to ensure consistent, equitable access to high-quality CTE and concurrent enrollment opportunities for all Iowa students. Division I of HF 2392 focuses on career and academic planning and proposes a redesign of the existing planning process established under Iowa Code chapter 279, section 61.

Administrative rules for Division I of HF 2392 were developed by the Department during the spring of 2016. The administrative rules were brought before and approved by the Iowa State Board of Education on June 9, 2016. The administrative rules are effective immediately.

Below is a link to a summary of the administrative rules implementing Division I of HF 2392, as well as initial guidance on implementing the provisions of Division I.

Guidance

Career Information Systems Meeting State Board Standards

Below is a list career information and decision-making systems meeting standards adopted by the Iowa State Board of Education. Per Iowa Code chapter 279.61, as revised by House File 2392, all districts must use a CIS which meets state board standards. The standards adopted by the State Board of Education are outlined in 281 – Iowa Administrative Code chapter 49.6(3). Accordingly, to be in compliance a district may choose from any of the CISs listed below.

Career Information Systems Meeting State Standards - Last Rvsd. August 2016

Product Vendor Valid until:
Career Cruising Career Cruising June 30, 2019
Navigator Kuder June 30, 2019
I Have A Plan Iowa XAP June 30, 2019
IntoCareers University of Oregon June 30, 2019
Virtual Job Shadow Strivven Media June 30, 2019
Naviance (conditional)* Hobsons June 30, 2017*

Please note that the department has adopted a continuous review process for CISs, and this list will be updated as new CISs are reviewed.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1.  What is the state-designated career information and decision-making system?

A1.  House File 2392 requires the Iowa Department of Education to select a state-designated career information and decision-making system which districts may use to meet the requirements of Iowa Code chapter 279.61. The Iowa Department of Education will conduct a Request for Information (RFI) process in academic year 2017.  The objective of the RFI is to compare vendor career information (CIS) products and choose the CIS product best aligned to the Iowa State Board of Education criteria set forth in 281 – Iowa Administrative Code 49.6(3).  

Q2.  Will school districts be required to use the state-designated CIS?

A2.  No.  School districts may use any career information system that meets standards adopted by the Iowa State Board of Education through 281 – Iowa Administrative Code 49.6(3). Refer to the department’s website for more information on CISs meeting state board standards.

Q3.  Will school districts using a career information system that does not meet the Iowa State Board of Education criteria 281 – Iowa Administrative Code 49.6(3) need to choose a product that meets the CIS criteria for academic year 2016-2017?

A3.  Iowa public school districts may only use a CIS that meets the Iowa State Board of Education criteria 281 – Iowa Administrative Code 49.6(3). These rules are in effect, and the Iowa Department of Education will work with districts over the coming school year to ensure full compliance in the 2017-18 school year.

Q4.  What does the “conditional” status mean?

A4. The “conditional” status indicates that a system met the majority, but not all, of the standards adopted by the Iowa State Board of Education.  Vendors were notified of the criteria necessary to remove the “conditional” status and have submitted proposals to address any deficiencies. Vendors are responsible for ensuring any necessary modifications are incorporated into their CIS and reviewed and cleared by the Iowa Department of Education prior to the established deadline. If the deficiencies are not addressed as outlined in the proposal submitted by the vendor, the system will be removed from the department’s list of CISs meeting state board standards.

 

Vendor Application for System Approval

All vendor-provided career information and decision-making systems must be approved by the Department in order for use by a school district. Below is an application for system approval. Please submit the application to Amy Vybiral at amy.vybiral@iowa.gov.

The application process will be on-going, but in order to be placed on the initial list of approved vendors the Department must receive a vendor’s application by 4:30 PM on June 30, 2016.

Questions Regarding Vendor Application for System Approval

Q1: Regarding the intent of the demonstration codes, will they be used for the purpose of reviewing this vendor application only?
A1: The purpose of the demonstration code is for the review team to view and manipulate the functionality and features of the Career Information System that is described in the application. Access to the demonstration site will not be shared outside the review team.

Q2: Given the limited space available for answers in the Excel spreadsheet, can we attach a document that includes answers to questions that do not fit in a cell?
A2: If you are not able to properly answer the question in the space provided on the application, you may submit well organized and clearly labeled supplemental materials with your response (i.e., the title of the document should clearly indicate which question is being addressed by the content of the document).

Q3: Can we provide a full demonstration specific to your needs instead of a demonstration site with a login and password?
A3: The purpose of the demonstration code is for the review team to view and manipulate the functionality and features of the Career Information System that is described in the application. Due to time constraints, we will not be accepting vendor demonstrations for the purpose of the application approval process.

Vendor Application

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on August 27, 2016 at 11:20pm.