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Proposed Administrative Rules must follow a strict timeline --including public hearings, approval by the State Board of Education, and approval by the Administrative Rules Review Committee -- before they become effective. Below is the Department's Administrative Rules calendar.

Chapter 17, Open Enrollment

Description:
Item 2 of revised Chapter 17 incorporates changes to the Open Enrollment Program included in House File 2264, passed by the 2016 General Assembly. House File 2264 became effective on April 7, 2016. Changes as a result of House File 2264 include modifying the delineation of reasons that a student participating in open enrollment during grades nine through twelve is not subject to the restriction on eligibility to participate in varsity interscholastic athletic contests and athletic competitions during the pupil’s first ninety school days of enrollment in the receiving district. The additional reason is if the student exercising open enrollment had previously been the subject of a founded case of harassment or bullying in the district of residence.

Items 1, 3, and 4 of revised Chapter 17 are technical and clarifying in nature or reflect previous actions of the General Assembly. Those amendments are consistent with Iowa Code section 17A.7(2) which requires that each agency conduct a comprehensive review of all of its rules each five year period.

Contact:
Phil Wise
phil.wise@iowa.gov
515-281-4835
515-242-5988 - fax

Date of Notice of Intended Action by State Board of Education:
June 10, 2016

Chapter 17, Adopted

Deadline to Submit Public Comment by 4:30 PM:
July 26, 2016

Date, Time, and Site of Public Hearing:
7/26/16 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. State Board Room, Second Floor, Grimes State Office Building, East 14th Street and Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa.

Date of Adoption by State Board of Education:
September 15, 2016

Effective Date:
November 16, 2016

Chapter 36, Extracurricular Interscholastic Competition

Description:
Item 1 of revised Chapter 36 incorporates changes to the Open Enrollment Program included in House File 2264, passed by the 2016 General Assembly. House File 2264 became effective on April 7, 2016. Changes as a result of House File 2264 include modifying the delineation of reasons that a student participating in open enrollment during grades nine through twelve is not subject to the restriction on eligibility to participate in varsity interscholastic athletic contests and athletic competitions during the pupil’s first ninety school days of enrollment in the receiving district. The additional reason is if the student exercising open enrollment had previously been the subject of a founded case of harassment or bullying in the district of residence.

Item 2 of revised Chapter 36 provides that the eligibility of a student open enrolling due to a founded case of harassment or bullying as defined in Iowa Code section 280.28 while attending school in the district of residence is not subject to review by the executive board of the governing organization.

Contact:
Phil Wise
phil.wise@iowa.gov
515-281-4835
515-242-5988 - fax

Date of Notice of Intended Action by State Board of Education:
June 10, 2016

Chapter 36, Adopted

Deadline to Submit Public Comment by 4:30 PM:
July 26, 2016

Date, Time, and Site of Public Hearing:
July 26, 2016 from 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. State Board Room, Second Floor, Grimes State Office Building, East 14th Street and Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa.

Date of Adoption by State Board of Education:
September 15, 2016

Effective Date:
November 16, 2016

Chapter 49, Individual Career and Academic Plan (Filed Emergency)

Description:
These rules establish that each student enrolled in grade eight shall have developed by the school district an individualized career and academic plan, and that such a plan shall be reviewed and revised each succeeding year until the graduation of that student.

Contact:
Phil Wise
phil.wise@iowa.gov
515-281-4835
515-242-5988 - fax

Date of Notice of Intended Action by State Board of Education:
June 10, 2016

 Chapter 49, Adopted and Filed Emergency

Deadline to Submit Public Comment by 4:30 PM:
August 9, 2016

Date, Time, and Site of Public Hearing:
August 9, 2016 from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. State Board Room, Second Floor, Grimes State Office Building, East 14th Street and Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa.

Date of Adoption by State Board of Education:
September 15, 2016

Effective Date:
November 16, 2016

Chapter 49, Individual Career and Academic Plan

Description:
These rules establish that each student enrolled in grade eight shall have developed by the school district an individualized career and academic plan, and that such a plan shall be reviewed and revised each succeeding year until the graduation of that student.

Contact:
Phil Wise
phil.wise@iowa.gov
515-281-4835
515-242-5988 - fax

Date of Notice of Intended Action by State Board of Education:
June 10, 2016

Chapter 49, Adopted

Deadline to Submit Public Comment by 4:30 PM:
August 9, 2016

Date, Time, and Site of Public Hearing:
August 9 from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. State Board Room, Second Floor, Grimes State Office Building, East 14th Street and Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa.

Date of Adoption by State Board of Education:
September 26, 2016

Effective Date:
November 16, 2016

Chapter 62, State Standards for Progression in Reading

Description:
Items 1 through 9 of the proposed rules replaces the term “substantially deficient in reading” with “persistently at risk in reading” and defines that term, consistent with amendments to Iowa Code section 279.68, as well as making conforming grammar and word choice changes. Item 1 also includes a requirement to consider results on an annual standards-based assessment. Item 3 also describes changes to services provided to students who are persistently at risk in reading, as required by recent legislation, as well as defining when a student is “at risk in reading.” Item 4 also makes conforming changes to the rule on intensive summer literacy programs, including the one year delay in their required date. Item 5 also defines dyslexia and specifically indicates that services shall formally address dyslexia, pursuant to legislative action, as well as codifying department guidance on monitoring and services for students who are at risk in reading.

Contact:
Phil Wise
phil.wise@iowa.gov
515-281-4835
515-242-5988 - fax

Date of Notice of Intended Action by State Board of Education:
September 16, 2016

Chapter 62, Adopt and File

Deadline to Submit Public Comment by 4:30 PM:
November 1, 2016

Date, Time, and Site of Public Hearing:
November 1, 2016 from 2:00 to 3:00p.m. State Board Room, Second Floor, Grimes State Office Building, East 14th Street and Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa.

Date of Adoption by State Board of Education:
November 16, 2016

Effective Date:
January 11, 2017

Chapter 79, Standards for Practitioner and Administrator Preparation Programs

Description:
Chapter 79 outlines the standards and program requirements that all traditional educator preparation programs must meet in order to be accredited to prepare educators in Iowa. Compliance with these standards is required and evaluated during each educator preparation program’s accreditation review. The standards are also applied in an annual reporting system. The proposed amendments will update the current standards because of pertinent changes to the Iowa Code made during the 2016 Legislative Session and will keep the rules current with national standards for educator preparation.  The State Board of Education hereby adopts this rule making to update the current standards pursuant to its authority under Iowa Code section 256.7(3). 

Contact:
Nicole Proesch

nicole.proesch@iowa.gov
515-281-4835
515-242-5988 - fax

Date of Notice of Intended Action by State Board of Education:
September 16, 2016

Chapter 79, Adopted and Filed

Deadline to Submit Public Comment by 4:30 PM:
November 1, 2016

Date, Time, and Site of Public Hearing:
November 1, 2016 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. State Board Room, Second Floor, Grimes State Office Building, East 14th Street and Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa.

Date of Adoption by State Board of Education:
January 19, 2017

Effective Date:
March 22, 2017

 

Chapter 15, Use of Online Learning and Telecommunications for Instruction by Schools

Description:
Chapter 15 was promulgated to implement Iowa Code section 256.42, Iowa learning online initiative, and became effective January 16, 2013. Iowa Code section 256.42, subsection 7, was amended by Senate File 2200 during the 2016 session of the General Assembly. This amendment implements the changes in that Act.

Contact:
Phil Wise
phil.wise@iowa.gov
515-281-4835
515-242-5988 - fax

Date of Notice of Intended Action by State Board of Education:
September 15, 2016

Chapter 15, Adopted

Deadline to Submit Public Comment by 4:30 PM:
November 1, 2016

Date, Time, and Site of Public Hearing:
November 1, 2016 from 10:00 to 11:00p.m. State Board Room, Second Floor, Grimes State Office Building, East 14th Street and Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa.

Date of Adoption by State Board of Education:
November 16, 2016

Effective Date:
January 11, 2017 

Chapter 56, Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Description:
Chapter 281 – 56(256) provides for the services leading to employment for eligible Iowans with disabilities in accordance with Iowa Code chapter 259 and relevant federal statute and regulations.

Contact:
Kelly Rice
kelly.rice@iowa.gov
515-281-4146
515-281-4703 - fax

Date of Notice of Intended Action by State Board of Education:
September 15, 2016

Chapter 56, Adopted

Deadline to Submit Public Comment by 4:30 PM:
November 1, 2016

Date, Time, and Site of Public Hearing:
November 1, 2016 from 11:00 to 12:00p.m. State Board Room, Second Floor, Grimes State Office Building, East 14th Street and Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa.

Date of Adoption by State Board of Education:
November 16, 2016

Effective Date:
January 11, 2017 

 

Chapter 35, Educational Standards and Program Requirements for Children's Residential Facilities

Description:
This Chapter outlines the educational standards and program requirements for children’s residential facilities. In the 2016 legislative session the General Assembly enacted Senate File 2304 which addressed Standards and Certification and Inspection of Children’s Residential Facilities. This legislation requires the State Board of Education to adopt rules governing education programs and education services by children’s residential facilities pursuant to Iowa Code section 282.34. This rulemaking follows that directive.

Contact:
Nicole Proesch
nicole.proesch@iowa.gov
515-281-5295
515-242-5988 - fax

Date of Notice of Intended Action by State Board of Education:
November 16, 2016

Chapter 35, Adopted and Filed

Deadline to Submit Public Comment by 4:30 PM:
December 27, 2016 and January 6, 2017

Date, Time, and Site of Public Hearing:
December 27, 2016 and January 6, 2017 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. State Board Room, Second Floor, Grimes State Office Building, East 14th Street and Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa.

Date of Adoption by State Board of Education:
January 19, 2017

Effective Date:
March 22, 2017 (tentative)

Chapter 12, General Accreditation Standards

Description:
In August 2015, the State Board of Education directed the Iowa Assessment Task Force, convened pursuant to Iowa Code section 256.7(21), to reconvene to recommend a statewide science assessment. On March 21, 2016, the Iowa Assessment Task Force made its recommendation regarding a statewide science assessment. This rule making complies with that directive and reflects that recommendation. The task force’s report is available on the website of the Iowa Department of Education.

Contact:
Phil Wise
phil.wise@iowa.gov
515-281-4835
515-242-5988 - fax

Date of Notice of Intended Action by State Board of Education:
November 16, 2016

Chapter 12, Adopted and Filed 

Deadline to Submit Public Comment by 4:30 PM:
January 6, 2017

Date, Time, and Site of Public Hearing:
January 6, 2017 from 9:00 to 10:00a.m. State Board Room, Second Floor, Grimes State Office Building, East 14th Street and Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa.

Date of Adoption by State Board of Education:
January 19, 2017

Effective Date:
March 22, 2017 (tentative)

Chapter 24, Community College Accreditation

Description:
Revised Chapter 24 incorporate changes to sections of Iowa Administrative Code which establish accreditation standards for Iowa’s community colleges. Several definitions were added to or revised under 281 – IAC 24.3. Several subsections of 281 – IAC 24.5 are revised, including subsections regarding additional state standards pertaining to faculty qualifications, faculty load, and special needs. The proposed changes under 281 – IAC 24.5(1) Faculty, align IAC standards with those of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) (formerly the “North Central Association of Colleges and Schools”), the regional accrediting body for Iowa’s community colleges, recently revised and effective September 1, 2017. Revisions also establish a statewide task force [24.5(1)(d)] to develop procedures, guidelines and documentation and ensure ongoing compliance with HLC standards. Revisions to 281 – 24.5(2)(b) Faculty Load lift the daily restriction on Career and Technical Education faculty load (maximum 6 hours) and simply maintains the aggregate 30 contact hours per week. 281 – 24.5(3) Special Needs, the proposed title change to “Special needs and protected classes” aligns with Office for Civil Rights verbiage and expands this standard by incorporating other categories protected by state or federal civil rights legislation.

Contact:
Phil Wise
phil.wise@iowa.gov
515-281-4835
515-242-5988 - fax

Date of Notice of Intended Action by State Board of Education:
November 16, 2016

Chapter 24, Adopted and Filed

Deadline to Submit Public Comment by 4:30 PM:
January 6, 2017

Date, Time, and Site of Public Hearing:
January 6, 2017 from 11:00 to 12:00p.m. State Board Room, Second Floor, Grimes State Office Building, East 14th Street and Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa.

Date of Adoption by State Board of Education:
January 19, 2017

Effective Date:
March 22, 2017 (tentative)

Chapter 46, Career and Technical Education

Description:
The proposed Chapter 46 amendment implements the provisions of House File 2392, Division II. House File 2392 grants the State Board of Education authority to adopt standards for career and technical education service areas, regional secondary career and technical education planning partnerships, career academies, regional centers, and more. Accordingly, the proposed chapter establishes the revised career and technical education services areas and aligns national career clusters to each service area. A process for establishing standards for the career and technical education service areas is also proposed. The proposed chapter establishes the secondary program approval and regular review process, through which all secondary career and technical education programs will be approved and reviewed. The proposed chapter clarifies the duties, requirements, and membership of local program advisory councils, and establishes alternative council structures which programs may utilize in meeting statutory requirements. Standards for regional career and technical education planning partnerships are established, including standards related to partnership approval, compliance, duties, and permissible uses of funds. Standards are also established for career academies and regional centers. As the rules for career academies are included in the new chapter 46, the existing Chapter 47, “Career Academies,” is rescinded and reserved.

Contact:
Phil Wise
phil.wise@iowa.gov
515-281-4835
515-242-5988 - fax

Date of Notice of Intended Action by State Board of Education:
November 16, 2016

Chapter 46, Adopted and Filed

Deadline to Submit Public Comment by 4:30 PM:
January 6, 2017

Date, Time, and Site of Public Hearing:
January 6, 2017 from 1:00 to 2:00p.m. State Board Room, Second Floor, Grimes State Office Building, East 14th Street and Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa.

Date of Adoption by State Board of Education:
January 19, 2017

Effective Date:
March 22, 2017 (tentative)

Chapter 65, Innovative Programs for At-Risk Early Elementary Students

Description:
The proposed amendments will simplify the grant application and award process.  It will get grant funds to districts on a timeline that will allow for timely hiring and budgeting.  It will allow recipient districts to spend more time on instruction and less on preparing grant applications.  New chapter 65 will allow greater flexibility to local districts in determining how best to provide grant-funded services at school buildings with large numbers of at-risk students.  New chapter 65 is, in the State Board’s estimation, closer to legislative intent.

Contact:
Phil Wise
phil.wise@iowa.gov
515-281-4835
515-242-5988 - fax

Date of Notice of Intended Action by State Board of Education:
January 20, 2017

Chapter 65, Notice of Intended Action, Rescind and Adopt New Chapter (2)

Deadline to Submit Public Comment by 4:30 PM:
March 7, 2017

Date, Time, and Site of Public Hearing:
March 7, 2017 from 1:00 to 2:00p.m. State Board Room, Second Floor, Grimes State Office Building, East 14th Street and Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa.

Date of Adoption by State Board of Education:
March 30, 2017 (tentative)

Effective Date:
May 31, 2017 (tentative)

 

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on March 28, 2017 at 5:11am.