CHAPTER 22SENIOR YEAR PLUS PROGRAMDIVISION IGENERAL PROVISIONS281—22.1(261E)  Scope.  The senior year plus program provides Iowa high school students access to advanced placement courses and a variety of means by which to concurrently access secondary and postsecondary credit.Related ARC(s): 8187B281—22.2(261E)  Student eligibility.  A student shall meet all of the following criteria as a condition of participation in the programs described in Divisions IV and V of this chapter, except that a student enrolled in a career and technical course under Division IV does not have to meet the proficiency requirements set forth in paragraph 22.2(2)“b.” To the extent that postsecondary credit is available to a student under the programs described in Divisions III and VI, the student shall meet all of the following criteria. A student who desires to participate in the postsecondary enrollment options program under Division V of these rules also shall meet the eligibility requirements set forth in rule 281—22.16(261E).  22.2(1)    Requirements established by postsecondary institution.    a.  The student shall meet the enrollment requirements established by the eligible postsecondary institution providing the course credit.  b.  The student shall meet or exceed the minimum performance measures on any academic assessments that may be required by the eligible postsecondary institution.  c.  The student shall have taken the appropriate course prerequisites, if any, prior to enrollment in the eligible postsecondary course, as determined by the eligible postsecondary institution delivering the course.  22.2(2)    Requirements established by school district.    a.  The student shall have attained the approval of the school board or authorities in charge of an accredited nonpublic school, or the designee of the respective school governing body, and the eligible postsecondary institution to register for the postsecondary course.  b.  The student shall have demonstrated proficiency in all of the content areas of reading, mathematics, and science as evidenced by achievement scores on the most recent administration of the statewide assessment for which scores are available for the student. If the student was absent for the most recent administration of the statewide assessment, and such absence was not excused by the student’s school of enrollment, the student is deemed not to be proficient in any of the content areas. The school district may determine whether such student is eligible for qualification under an equivalent qualifying performance measure.  (1)  If a student is not proficient in one or more of the content areas of reading, mathematics, and science, the school board may establish alternative but equivalent qualifying performance measures. The school board is not required to establish equivalent performance measures, but if it does so, such measures may include but are not limited to additional administrations of the state assessment, portfolios of student work, student performance rubric, or end-of-course assessments. A school board that establishes equivalent performance measures shall also establish criteria by which its district personnel shall determine comparable student proficiency.  (2)  A student who attends an accredited nonpublic school and desires to access postsecondary enrollment options shall meet the same eligibility criteria as students in the school district in which the accredited nonpublic school is located.  (3)  A student under competent private instruction shall meet the same proficiency standard as students in the school district in which the student is dually enrolled and shall have the approval of the school board in that school district to register for the postsecondary course. In lieu of statewide assessment scores as the state assessment, a school district shall allow a student under competent private instruction to demonstrate proficiency in reading, mathematics, and science by any one of the following means:
  1. By meeting the same alternative but equivalent qualifying performance measures established by the local school board for all students in the school district in which the student is dually enrolled;
  2. By submitting the written recommendation of the licensed practitioner providing supervision to the student in accordance with Iowa Code section 299A.2;
  3. As evidenced by achievement scores on the annual achievement evaluation required under Iowa Code section 299A.4;
  4. As evidenced by a composite score of at least 21 on the college readiness assessment administered by ACT, Inc.;
  5. As evidenced by a sum of at least 141 in critical reading, mathematics, and writing skills on the preliminary scholastic aptitude test (PSAT) administered by the College Board; or
  6. As evidenced by a sum of at least 990 in critical reading and mathematics on the college readiness assessment (SAT) administered by the College Board.
Related ARC(s): 8187B, 9902B, 0526C, 4809C, 5326C281—22.3(261E)  Teacher eligibility, responsibilities.  A teacher employed to provide instruction under this chapter shall meet the following criteria:  22.3(1)    Eligibility.  The teacher shall meet the standards and requirements set forth which other full-time instructors teaching within the academic department are required to meet and which are approved by the appropriate postsecondary administration. An individual under suspension or revocation of an educational license or statement of professional recognition issued by the board of educational examiners shall not be allowed to provide instruction for any program authorized by this chapter. If the instruction for any program authorized by this chapter is provided at a school district facility, an accredited nonpublic school facility, or a neutral site, the teacher or instructor shall have successfully passed a background investigation conducted in accordance with Iowa Code section 272.2(17) prior to providing such instruction. The background investigation also applies to a teacher or instructor who is employed by an eligible postsecondary institution if the teacher or instructor provides instruction under this chapter at a school district facility, an accredited nonpublic school facility, or a neutral site. For purposes of this rule, “neutral site” means a facility that is not owned or operated by an institution.  22.3(2)    Responsibilities.  A teacher employed to provide instruction under this chapter shall do all of the following:  a.  Collaborate, as appropriate, with other secondary or postsecondary faculty of the institution that employs the teacher regarding the subject area;  b.  As assisted by the school district or accredited nonpublic school, provide ongoing communication about course expectations, teaching strategies, performance measures, resource materials used in the course, and academic progress to the student and, in the case of students of minor age, to the parent or guardian of the student;  c.  Provide curriculum and instruction that are accepted as college-level work as determined by the institution;  d.  Use valid and reliable student assessment measures, to the extent available.Related ARC(s): 8187B, 4809C281—22.4(261E)  Institutional eligibility, responsibilities.    22.4(1)    Requirements of both school district and eligible postsecondary institution.    a.  The institutions shall ensure that students, or in the case of minor students, parents or guardians, receive appropriate course orientation and information, including but not limited to a summary of applicable policies and procedures, the establishment of a permanent transcript, policies on dropping courses, a student handbook, information describing student responsibilities, and institutional procedures for academic credit transfer.  b.  The institutions shall ensure that students have access to student support services, including but not limited to tutoring, counseling, advising, library, writing and math labs, and computer labs, and student activities, excluding postsecondary intercollegiate athletics. If a fee is charged to other students of the eligible postsecondary institution for any of the above services, that fee may also be charged to participating secondary students on the same basis as it is charged to postsecondary students.   c.  The institutions shall ensure that students are properly enrolled in courses that will carry college credit.  d.  The institutions shall ensure that teachers and students receive appropriate orientation and information about the institution’s expectations.  e.  The institutions shall ensure that the courses provided achieve the same learning outcomes as similar courses offered in the subject area and are accepted as college-level work.  f.  The institutions shall review the course on a regular basis for continuous improvement, shall follow up with students in order to use information gained from the students to improve course delivery and content, and shall share data on course progress and outcomes with the collaborative partners involved with the delivery of the programming and with the department, as needed.  g.  The institutions shall not require a minimum or a maximum number of postsecondary credits to be earned by a high school student under this chapter. However, no student shall be enrolled as a full-time student in any one postsecondary institution.  h.  The institutions shall not place restrictions on participation in senior year plus programming beyond that which is specified in statute or administrative rule.  i.  The institutions shall provide the teacher or instructor appropriate orientation and training in secondary and postsecondary professional development related to curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, policy implementation, technology, and discipline issues.  j.  The institutions shall provide the teacher or instructor adequate notification of an assignment to teach a course under this chapter, as well as adequate preparation time to ensure that the course is taught at the college level. The specifics of this paragraph shall be locally determined.  22.4(2)    Requirements of school district or accredited nonpublic school only.    a.  Except as provided under Iowa Code sections 257.11(3)“c,” 279.50A and 261E.8(2)“b,” the school district or accredited nonpublic school shall certify annually to the department, as an assurance in the district’s or accredited nonpublic school’s basic education data survey, that the course provided to a high school student for postsecondary credit in accordance with this chapter supplements, and does not supplant, a course provided by the school district or accredited nonpublic school in which the student is enrolled. For purposes of these rules, to comply with the “supplement, not supplant” requirement, the content of a course provided to a high school student for postsecondary credit shall not consist of substantially the same concepts and skills as the content of a course provided by the school district or accredited nonpublic school.  b.  The school district or accredited nonpublic school shall ensure that the background investigation requirement of subrule 22.3(1) is satisfied. The school district or accredited nonpublic school shall pay for the background investigation but may charge the teacher or instructor a fee not to exceed the actual cost charged the school district or accredited nonpublic school for the background investigation conducted. If the teacher or instructor is employed by an eligible postsecondary institution, the school district or accredited nonpublic school shall pay for the background investigation but may request reimbursement of the actual cost to the eligible postsecondary institution.  22.4(3)    Requirements of eligible postsecondary institution only.    a.  All eligible postsecondary institutions providing programming under this chapter shall include the unique student identifier assigned to students while in the kindergarten through grade 12 system as a part of the institution’s student data management system.  (1)  Eligible postsecondary institutions providing programming under this chapter shall cooperate with the department on data requests related to the programming.  (2)  All eligible postsecondary institutions providing programming under this chapter shall collect data and report to the department on the proportion of females and minorities enrolled in science-, technology-, engineering-, and mathematics-oriented educational opportunities provided in accordance with this chapter.  b.  The eligible postsecondary institution shall provide the teacher or instructor with ongoing communication and access to instructional resources and support, and shall encourage the teacher or instructor to participate in the postsecondary institution’s academic departmental activities.Related ARC(s): 8187B, 4809C281—22.5(261E)    Reserved.DIVISION IIDEFINITIONS281—22.6(261E)  Definitions.  For the purposes of this chapter, the indicated terms are defined as follows:
"Concurrent enrollment" means any course offered to students in grades 9 through 12 during the regular school year approved by the board of directors of a school district or authorities in charge of an accredited nonpublic school through a contractual agreement between a community college and the school district or authorities in charge of an accredited nonpublic school. The course shall meet the provisions of Iowa Code section 257.11(3).
"Department" means the department of education.
"Director" means the director of the department of education.
"Dually enrolled" means the status of a student who receives competent private instruction under Iowa Code chapter 299A and whose parent, guardian, or legal custodian has registered the student pursuant to Iowa Code section 299A.8 in a school district for any of the purposes listed therein, including, for purposes of these rules, participation in any part of the senior year plus program on the same basis as public school students.
"Eligible postsecondary institution" means an institution of higher learning under the control of the state board of regents, a community college established under Iowa Code chapter 260C, or an accredited private institution as defined in Iowa Code section 261.9.
"ICN" means Iowa communications network, the statewide system of educational telecommunications including narrowcast and broadcast systems under the public broadcasting division of the department of education and live interactive systems which allow, at a minimum, one-way video and two-way audio communication.
"Institution" means a school district, accredited nonpublic school, or eligible postsecondary institution delivering the instruction in a given program as authorized by this chapter.
"School board" means the board of directors of a school district or a collaboration of boards of directors of school districts.
"State board" means the state board of education.
"Student" means any individual in grades 9 through 12 enrolled or dually enrolled in a school district, or any individual in grades 9 through 12 enrolled in an accredited nonpublic school, who meets the criteria in rule 281—22.2(261E). For purposes of Division III (Advanced Placement Program) and Division V (Postsecondary Enrollment Options Program) only, “student” also includes a student enrolled in an accredited nonpublic school or the Iowa School for the Deaf or the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School.
Related ARC(s): 8187B, 4809C, 5326CDIVISION IIIADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM281—22.7(261E)  School district obligations.  All school districts shall comply with the following obligations but may do so through direct instruction, collaboration with another school district, or use of the Iowa online advanced placement academy. An international baccalaureate program is not an advanced placement program.  22.7(1)  A school district shall provide descriptions of the advanced placement courses available to students using a course registration handbook.  22.7(2)  A school district shall ensure that advanced placement course teachers are appropriately licensed by the board of educational examiners in accordance with Iowa Code chapter 272 and meet the minimum certification requirements of the national organization that administers the advanced placement program.  22.7(3)  A school district shall establish prerequisite coursework for each advanced placement course offered and shall describe the prerequisites in the course registration handbook, which shall be provided to every junior high school or middle school student prior to the development of a core curriculum plan pursuant to Iowa Code section 279.61.  22.7(4)  A school district shall make advanced placement coursework available to a dually enrolled student under competent private instruction if the student meets the same criteria as a regularly enrolled student of the district.  22.7(5)  A school district shall make advanced placement coursework available to a student enrolled in an accredited nonpublic school located in the district if the student meets the criteria in subparagraph 22.2(2)“b”(3).Related ARC(s): 8187B281—22.8(261E)  Obligations regarding registration for advanced placement examinations.  The board of directors of a school district and the authorities in charge of an accredited nonpublic school shall ensure that any student enrolled who is interested in taking an advanced placement examination is properly registered for the examination. An accredited nonpublic school shall provide a list of students registered for advanced placement examinations to the school district in which the accredited nonpublic school is located. The school district and the accredited nonpublic school shall ensure that any student enrolled in the school district or school, as applicable, who is interested in taking an advanced placement examination and qualifies for a reduced fee for the examination is properly registered for the fee reduction. Related ARC(s): 8187B281—22.9(261E)    Reserved.281—22.10(261E)    Reserved.DIVISION IVCONCURRENT ENROLLMENT PROGRAM281—22.11(261E)  Applicability.  The concurrent enrollment program, also known as district-to-community college sharing, promotes rigorous academic or career and technical pursuits by providing opportunities to high school students to enroll in eligible nonsectarian courses at or through community colleges established under Iowa Code chapter 260C.  22.11(1)  The program shall be made available to all eligible resident students in grades 9 through 12.  a.  Notice of the availability of the program shall be included in a school district’s student registration handbook, and the handbook shall identify which courses, if successfully completed, generate college credit under the program.  b.  A student and the student’s parent or guardian shall also be made aware of this program as a part of the development of the student’s core curriculum plan in accordance with Iowa Code section 279.61.  22.11(2)  A student enrolled in an accredited nonpublic school may access the program through the school district in which the accredited nonpublic school is located. A student receiving competent private instruction may access the program through the school district in which the student is dually enrolled and may enroll in the same number of concurrent enrollment courses as a regularly enrolled student of the district.  22.11(3)  A student may make application to a community college and the school district to allow the student to enroll for college credit in a nonsectarian course offered by the community college. A comparable course, as defined in rules adopted by the board of directors of the school district, must not be offered by the school district or accredited nonpublic school which the student attends. The school board shall annually approve courses to be made available for high school credit using locally developed criteria that establish which courses will provide the student with academic rigor and will prepare the student adequately for transition to a postsecondary institution. A school district may not use concurrent enrollment courses to meet the accreditation requirements, except as provided in Division V of 281—Chapter 12.  22.11(4)  If an eligible postsecondary institution accepts a student for enrollment under this division, the school district, in collaboration with the community college, shall send written notice to the student, the student’s parent or guardian in the case of a minor child, and the student’s school district. The notice shall list the course, the clock hours the student will be attending the course, and the number of hours of college credit that the student will receive from the community college upon successful completion of the course.  22.11(5)  A school district shall grant high school credit to a student enrolled in a course under this division if the student successfully completes the course as determined by the community college and the course was previously approved by the school board pursuant to 22.11(3). The board of directors of the school district shall determine the number of high school credits that shall be granted to a student who successfully completes a course. Students shall not “audit” a concurrent enrollment course; the student must take the course for credit.  22.11(6)  School districts that participate in district-to-community college sharing agreements or concurrent enrollment programs that meet the requirements of Iowa Code section 257.11(3) are eligible to receive supplementary weighted funding under that provision. Regardless of whether a district receives supplementary weighted funding, the district shall not charge tuition of any of its students who participate in a concurrent enrollment course.  22.11(7)  Community colleges shall comply with the data collection requirements of Iowa Code section 260C.14(22). The data elements shall include but not be limited to the following:  a.  An unduplicated enrollment count of eligible students participating in the program.  b.  The actual costs and revenues generated for concurrent enrollment. An aligned unique student identifier system shall be established by the department for students in kindergarten through grade 12 and community college.  c.  Degree, certifications, and other qualifications to meet the minimum hiring standards.  d.  Salary information including regular contracted salary and total salary.  e.  Credit hours and laboratory contact hours and other data on instructional time.  f.  Other information comparable to the data regarding teachers collected in the basic education data survey.Related ARC(s): 8187B, 5326C281—22.12(261E)  Transportation.  Reserved.281—22.13(261E)  Accredited nonpublic school concurrent enrollment option.    22.13(1)    Authorization.  In addition to enrollment through a school district as authorized under subrule 22.11(2), students enrolled at an accredited nonpublic school may access concurrent enrollment coursework through a direct contract between the authorities in charge of an accredited nonpublic school and a community college.  22.13(2)    General requirements.  For any coursework delivered through a contract established pursuant to this rule, students, institutions, and instructors shall meet the requirements for concurrent enrollment established under rule 281—22.11(216E). However, such coursework is not eligible for funding under subrule 22.11(6).  22.13(3)    Funding.  Subject to the appropriation of funds by the Iowa legislature for such purposes, coursework delivered through a contract between the authorities in charge of an accredited nonpublic school and a community college pursuant to this rule may be eligible for funding under rule 281—97.8(261E).  22.13(4)    Data collection.  Institutions participating in a contract pursuant to this rule shall comply with data reporting and verification processes established by the department.Related ARC(s): 4809CDIVISION VPOSTSECONDARY ENROLLMENT OPTIONS PROGRAM281—22.14(261E)  Availability.  The senior year plus programming provided by a school district pursuant to this division may be but is not required to be available to students on a year-round basis.Related ARC(s): 8187B281—22.15(261E)  Notification.  The availability and requirements of this program shall be included in each school district’s student registration handbook. Information about the program shall be provided to the student and the student’s parent or guardian prior to the development of the student’s core curriculum plan under Iowa Code section 279.61. The school district shall establish a process by which students may indicate interest in and apply for enrollment in the program.Related ARC(s): 8187B281—22.16(261E)  Student eligibility.  Persons who have graduated from high school are not eligible for this program. Eligible students shall be residents of Iowa. “Eligible student” includes a student classified by the board of directors of a school district, by the state board of regents for students of the Iowa School for the Deaf and the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School, or by the authorities in charge of an accredited nonpublic school as a ninth or tenth grade student who is identified according to the school district’s gifted and talented criteria and procedures, pursuant to Iowa Code section 257.43, as a gifted and talented child, or an eleventh or twelfth grade student, during the period the student is participating in the postsecondary enrollment options program. To be eligible to participate in a program under this division, a student must meet all criteria in rule 281—22.2(261E).  22.16(1)  A student enrolled in an accredited nonpublic school who meets all eligibility requirements may apply to take courses under this division in the school district where the accredited nonpublic school is located, provided that neither the accredited nonpublic school nor the school district offers a comparable course.  22.16(2)  A student under competent private instruction who meets the eligibility requirements in this rule and those in subparagraph 22.2(2)“b”(3) may apply to take courses under this division through the public school district in which the student is dually enrolled, provided that the resident school district does not offer a comparable course, and shall be allowed to take such courses on the same basis as a regularly enrolled student of the district.  22.16(3)  Postsecondary institutions may require students to meet appropriate standards or requirements for entrance into a course. Such requirements may include prerequisite courses, scores on national academic aptitude and achievement tests, or other evaluation procedures to determine competency. Acceptance of a student into a course by a postsecondary institution is not a guarantee that a student will be enrolled in all requested courses. Priority may be given to postsecondary students before eligible secondary students are enrolled in courses. However, once an eligible secondary student has enrolled in a postsecondary course, the student cannot be displaced by another student for the duration of the course. Students shall not “audit” postsecondary courses. The student must take the course for credit and must meet all of the requirements of the course which are required of postsecondary students.Related ARC(s): 8187B281—22.17(261E)  Eligible postsecondary courses.  These rules are intended to implement the policy of the state to promote rigorous academic pursuits.   22.17(1)  Postsecondary courses eligible for students to enroll in under this division shall be limited to:   a.  Nonsectarian courses;   b.  Courses that are not comparable to courses offered by the school district where the student attends which are defined in rules adopted by the board of directors of the public school district;   c.  Credit-bearing courses that lead to an educational degree;   d.  Courses in the discipline areas of mathematics, science, social sciences, humanities, and vocational-technical education; and also the courses in career option programs offered by area schools established under the authorization provided in Iowa Code chapter 260C.   22.17(2)  A school district or accredited nonpublic school district shall grant academic or vocational-technical credit to an eligible student enrolled in an eligible postsecondary course.  22.17(3)  A course is ineligible for purposes of this rule if the school district has a contractual agreement with the eligible postsecondary institution under Iowa Code section 261E.8 that meets the requirements of Iowa Code section 257.11(3) and if the course may be delivered through such an agreement in accordance with Iowa Code section 257.11(3).Related ARC(s): 8187B, 4809C281—22.18(261E)  Application process.  To participate in this program, an eligible student shall make application to an eligible postsecondary institution to allow the eligible student to enroll for college credit in a nonsectarian course offered at the institution. A comparable course must not be offered by the school district or accredited nonpublic school the student attends. For purposes of these rules, “comparable” is not synonymous with identical, but means that the content of a course provided to a high school student for postsecondary credit shall not consist of substantially the same concepts and skills as the content of a course provided by the school district or accredited nonpublic school. If the postsecondary institution accepts an eligible student for enrollment under this division, the institution shall send written notice to the student, the student’s parent or guardian in the case of a minor child, and the student’s school district or accredited nonpublic school and the school district in the case of a nonpublic school student or student under competent private instruction, or the Iowa School for the Deaf or the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School. The notice shall list the course, the clock hours the student will be attending the course, and the number of hours of college credit that the eligible student will receive from the eligible postsecondary institution upon successful completion of the course.Related ARC(s): 8187B281—22.19(261E)  Credits.  A school district, the Iowa School for the Deaf, the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School, or an accredited nonpublic school shall grant high school credit to an eligible student enrolled in a course under this division if the eligible student successfully completes the course as determined by the eligible postsecondary institution.  22.19(1)  The board of directors of the school district, the board of regents for the Iowa School for the Deaf and the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School, or authorities in charge of an accredited nonpublic school shall determine the number of high school credits that shall be granted to an eligible student who successfully completes a course.  22.19(2)  Eligible students may take up to seven semester hours of credit during the summer months when school is not in session and receive credit for that attendance, if the student pays the cost of attendance for those summer credit hours.  22.19(3)  The high school credits granted to an eligible student under this division shall count toward the graduation requirements and subject area requirements of the school district of residence, the Iowa School for the Deaf, the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School, or the accredited nonpublic school of the eligible student. Evidence of successful completion of each course and high school credits and college credits received shall be included in the student’s high school transcript.Related ARC(s): 8187B281—22.20(261E)  Transportation.  The parent or guardian of an eligible student who has enrolled in and is attending an eligible postsecondary institution under this division shall furnish transportation to and from the postsecondary institution for the student.Related ARC(s): 8187B281—22.21(261E)  Tuition payments.    22.21(1)  Not later than June 30 of each year, a school district shall pay a tuition reimbursement amount to a postsecondary institution that has enrolled its resident eligible students under this division, unless the eligible student is participating in open enrollment under Iowa Code section 282.18, in which case, the tuition reimbursement amount shall be paid by the receiving district. However, if a child’s residency changes during a school year, the tuition shall be paid by the district in which the child was enrolled as of the date specified in Iowa Code section 257.6(1) or the district in which the child was counted under Iowa Code section 257.6(1)“a”(6). For students enrolled at the Iowa School for the Deaf and the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School, the state board of regents shall pay a tuition reimbursement amount by June 30 of each year. The amount of tuition reimbursement for each separate course shall equal the lesser of:  a.  The actual and customary costs of tuition, textbooks, materials, and fees directly related to the course taken by the eligible student.  b.  Two hundred fifty dollars.  22.21(2)  An eligible postsecondary institution that enrolls an eligible student under this division shall not charge the student for tuition, textbooks, materials, or fees directly related to the course in which the student is enrolled except that the student may be required to purchase equipment that becomes the property of the student. For the purposes of this subrule, equipment shall not include textbooks.Related ARC(s): 8187B, 5326C281—22.22(261E)  Tuition reimbursements and adjustments.  The failure of a student to complete or otherwise to receive credit for an enrolled course requires the student, if 18 years of age or older, to reimburse the school district for the cost of the enrolled course. If the student is under 18 years of age, the student’s parent or guardian shall sign the student registration form indicating that the parent or guardian assumes all responsibility for the costs directly related to the incomplete or failed coursework. If documentation is submitted to the school district that verifies the student was unable to complete the course for reasons including but not limited to the student’s physical incapacity, a death in the student’s immediate family, or the student’s move to another school district, that verification shall constitute a waiver of the requirement that the student or parent or guardian pay the costs of the course to the school district. An eligible postsecondary institution shall make pro rata adjustments to tuition reimbursement amounts based upon federal guidelines established pursuant to 20 U.S.C. §1091b.Related ARC(s): 8187B281—22.23(261E)    Reserved.DIVISION VICAREER ACADEMIES281—22.24(261E)  Career academies.  A career academy is a program of study as defined in 281—Chapter 46. A course offered by a career academy shall not qualify as a regional academy course.  22.24(1)  A career academy course may qualify as a concurrent enrollment course if it meets the requirements of Iowa Code section 261E.8.  22.24(2)  The school district providing secondary education under this division shall be eligible for supplementary weighting under Iowa Code section 257.11(2), and the community college shall be eligible for funds allocated pursuant to Iowa Code section 260C.18A.  22.24(3)  Information regarding career academies shall be provided by the school district to a student and the student’s parent or guardian prior to the development of the student’s core curriculum plan under Iowa Code section 279.61.Related ARC(s): 8187B, 4809C281—22.25(261E)    Reserved.DIVISION VIIREGIONAL ACADEMIES281—22.26(261E)  Regional academies.  A regional academy is a program established by a school district to which multiple school districts send students in grades 7 through 12. In addition to partnering with other school districts, the school district establishing a regional academy may enter into a contract or a chapter 28E agreement with one or more accredited nonpublic schools, area education agencies, community colleges, accredited public or nonpublic postsecondary institutions, businesses, and private agencies located within or outside of Iowa.  22.26(1)    Purpose.  A regional academy shall be established to build a culture of innovation for students and community; to diversify educational and economic opportunities by engaging in learning experiences that involve students in complex, real-world projects; and to develop regional or global innovation networks.  22.26(2)    Curriculum.  A regional academy shall include in its curriculum advanced-level courses. A regional academy may include in its curriculum career and technical courses and core curriculum coursework. The coursework may be delivered virtually, or via the ICN, asynchronous learning networks, or Internet-based delivery systems.  22.26(3)    Supplementary weighting.  School districts participating in regional academies are eligible for supplementary weighting as provided in Iowa Code section 257.11(2). The school districts participating in the regional academy shall enter into an agreement on how the funding generated by the supplementary weighting received shall be used and shall submit the agreement, as well as a copy of the minutes of meetings of the local school district boards of directors in which the boards approved the agreement, to the department for approval by October 1 of the year in which the districts intend to request supplementary weighting for the regional academy.  22.26(4)    Student plan.  Information regarding regional academies shall be provided to a student and the student’s parent or guardian prior to the development of the student’s core curriculum plan under Iowa Code section 279.61.Related ARC(s): 8187B, 9902B281—22.27(261E)  Waivers for certain regional academies.  A school district that establishes a regional academy may, but is not required to, submit to the department a request for waiver from any statutory or regulatory provision identified by the school district as a barrier to the school district’s goal of increasing student achievement or increasing competency-based learning opportunities for students. The school district shall submit a plan to the department demonstrating how the regional academy will increase student achievement or increase competency-based learning opportunities for students, how the regional academy will assess either the increase in student achievement or the increase in competency-based learning opportunities for students, and why the requested waiver or waivers are necessary. The waiver request and plan shall be submitted to the department for approval by January 1 of the school year immediately preceding the school year for which waiver is sought. The department may not waive or modify any statutory or regulatory provision relating to requirements applicable to school districts that pertain to audit requirements, investment of public funds, collective bargaining, open meetings, public records, civil rights, human rights, special education, contracts with and discharge of teachers and administrators, powers and duties of school boards, teacher quality, and school transportation.Related ARC(s): 9902BDIVISION VIIIINTERNET-BASED AND ICN COURSEWORK281—22.28(261E)  Internet-based coursework.  The programming in this chapter may be delivered via Internet-based technologies including but not limited to the Iowa learning online program. An Internet-based course may qualify for additional supplemental weighting if it meets the requirements of Division IV or Division VI of this chapter. To qualify as a senior year plus course, an Internet-based course must comply with the appropriate provisions of this chapter.Related ARC(s): 8187B281—22.29(261E)  ICN-based coursework.  The ICN may be used to deliver coursework for the programming provided under this chapter subject to an appropriation by the general assembly for that purpose. A school district that provides courses delivered via the ICN shall receive supplemental funding as provided in Iowa Code section 257.11(7). To qualify as a senior year plus course, a course offered through the ICN must comply with the appropriate provisions of this chapter.Related ARC(s): 8187B281—22.30    Reserved.281—22.31    Reserved.DIVISION IXPROJECT LEAD THE WAY281—22.32(261E)  Project lead the way.    22.32(1)    Program established.  A project lead the way program is established to be administered by the department to promote rigorous science, technology, engineering, and mathematics pursuits.  22.32(2)    Notification.  A school district shall provide descriptions of the project lead the way courses available to students using a course registration handbook. The handbook shall identify which courses, if successfully completed, generate college credit under the program. Information about available project lead the way courses shall be provided to every junior high school student or middle school student prior to the development of a core curriculum plan pursuant to Iowa Code section 279.61.  22.32(3)    Access.  Students from accredited nonpublic schools and students receiving competent private instruction under Iowa Code chapter 299A may access the program through the school district in which the accredited nonpublic school or private institution is located.  22.32(4)    Curriculum.  A school district offering a project lead the way program must offer the curriculum developed by the national organization that administers the project lead the way program.  22.32(5)    Instructor.  A school district shall ensure that a teacher or instructor employed to provide instruction under this rule meets the following additional criteria:  a.  The teacher shall have successfully completed the training required by the national organization that administers the project lead the way program.  b.  The teacher shall meet the minimum requirements of the national organization that administers the project lead the way program.  c.  The teacher shall participate, on a regular basis, in available professional development provided by the national organization that administers the project lead the way program.  22.32(6)    Accreditation standards.    a.  A project lead the way course may apply toward high school program accreditation standards pursuant to 281—subrule 12.5(5). To meet the requirement, the instructor must be appropriately licensed and endorsed by the board of educational examiners to teach the subject area of the accreditation standard.  b.  If the project lead the way course being taught is within a career and technical education program or is one in a sequence of project lead the way courses which collectively are used to meet one of the career and technical education sequential unit requirements of 281—Chapter 12, the program must be approved by the department pursuant to 281—Chapter 46.  22.32(7)     Collaborative project lead the way courses.    a.  A collaborative program for project lead the way courses is established to be administered by the department to promote rigorous science, technology, engineering, and mathematics pursuits in partnership with a community college established under Iowa Code chapter 260C. The program shall be made available to all resident students in grades 9 through 12.  b.  A comparable course, as defined in rules adopted by the board of directors of the school district consistent with department administrative rule, must not be offered by the school district or accredited nonpublic school the student attends.  c.  A school district shall be certified by the national organization that administers the project lead the way program and have a signed agreement with that organization.  d.  To be eligible, institutions, instructors, and students shall meet the requirements of Iowa Code section 261E.3.  e.  A school district may set additional eligibility requirements to ensure student readiness to achieve success. All students in the shared course shall meet the expectations of the national organization that administers the project lead the way program and shall be registered for college credit.  f.  A district-to-community college sharing program for project lead the way courses that meets the requirements of 281—subrule 97.2(6) is eligible for funding under that provision for collaborative project lead the way career and technical education courses.  22.32(8)    Credit.    a.  The school district shall grant high school credit to a student enrolled in a project lead the way course not offered by a community college. At a school district’s discretion, a project lead the way course may count toward a school district’s graduation requirements provided that the teacher is licensed by the board of educational examiners and endorsed within the subject area of the graduation requirement.  b.  The school district shall grant high school credit to a student enrolled in a project lead the way course for college credit under this chapter if the student successfully completes the course as determined by the community college and the course was previously approved by the school board pursuant to Iowa Code subsection 261E.8(3) and paragraph 22.2(2)“a.” If a student is not successful in completing a project lead the way course as determined by the community college, the student’s high school transcript shall reflect the failing grade. The board of directors of the school district shall determine the number of high school credits that shall be granted to a student who successfully completes a project lead the way course.  c.  The school district may offer a project lead the way course as an articulated course. Articulated courses shall be offered through an agreement between the district and postsecondary institution which allows students to receive college credit at the postsecondary institution upon matriculation based on the demonstrated mastery of concepts in the high school course. An articulated course shall not be delivered by a postsecondary institution.Related ARC(s): 0519C, 4809CDIVISION XSUMMER COLLEGE CREDIT PROGRAM281—22.33(261E)  Summer college credit program.    22.33(1)    Program established.  A summer college credit program is established to expand access for high school students to high-quality career and technical education experiences aligned with career pathways leading to postsecondary credentials and high-demand jobs. Programs approved under subrule 22.33(3) shall be offered during the summer term of an eligible postsecondary institution.  22.33(2)    Type of coursework offered.  The following provisions apply to coursework delivered through an approved program under this rule.  a.  Coursework eligible to be offered through an approved program under this rule shall be technical core coursework within and prerequisite coursework for a career and technical education program approved under 281—subrule 21.4(3).   b.  The career and technical education program shall be aligned to in-demand occupations identified by the state workforce development board and community colleges pursuant to Iowa Code section 84A.1B(13A) as enacted by 2018 Iowa Acts, House File 2458.   c.  Coursework delivered under this rule shall comply with the course requirements established under Iowa Code section 257.11(3). The course shall be ineligible for supplementary weighting under that section.  22.33(3)    Program proposals.  The department shall establish an annual process for the submission and review of proposals for summer college credit programs. A postsecondary institution eligible to offer programming under Division IV of this chapter may submit program proposals to the department.  a.    Minimum components.  The proposal shall detail the following components.  (1)  A program description, including the course or courses to be made available through the program; total number of credit hours; additional cocurricular experiences and activities including project-, problem-, and work-based learning opportunities; additional support services to be made available through the program; and any other pertinent program information.   (2)  The total number of students that the program is capable of serving.  (3)  The start date and duration of the program.   b.    Enrollment threshold.  The postsecondary institution will propose, and the department will approve, a minimum program enrollment threshold. Programs that surpass the minimum enrollment threshold shall be eligible for funding under paragraph 22.33(4)“b.”  c.    Review of proposals.  The department shall establish a review process to evaluate all program proposals. In reviewing proposals, the department shall give priority consideration to program proposals that will ensure equitable geographic disbursement of approved programs. The department shall also give consideration to additional criteria including number of students served; cost per credit hour offered; alignment to in-demand occupations; the inclusion of extracurricular experiences with an emphasis on project-, problem-, and work-based learning opportunities; and the inclusion of provisions that address and remove barriers to participation for nontraditional students, underrepresented minority students, and low-income students.  d.    Funding of proposals.  A program proposal approved under this rule shall be funded under paragraph 22.33(4)“a” for the amount described under paragraph 22.33(3)“a.”  22.33(4)    Disbursement of funds.  Subject to the appropriation of funds, the department shall disburse funds to a postsecondary institution offering an approved program in the following manner. All funds received under this rule shall be used to support and sustain the approved program.  a.    Base funding.  The amount of funds reserved for base funding as specified in paragraph 22.33(4)“c” shall be distributed equally between approved programs.  b.    Enrollment.  Any funds not distributed under paragraph 22.33(4)“a” shall be distributed to postsecondary institutions offering an approved program with student enrollment greater than the minimum enrollment threshold.   (1)  An approved program shall gather a count of students enrolled in the program on the third day following the start date of the program. The count of students enrolled in the program shall be submitted to the department in a manner prescribed by the department.   (2)  Enrollment funding shall be calculated by the department for each program with enrollment greater than the minimum enrollment threshold. For purposes of this rule, the portion of enrollment funding to be received by a postsecondary institution offering an approved program shall be equal to the total student enrollment in the approved program divided by the total student enrollments statewide.  c.    Subsequent years.  In each of the subsequent three years following the implementation year, the portion of the allocation distributed based on enrollment shall increase by 10 percent each year until the minimum amount awarded based on enrollment is equal to 80 percent of the total allocation.   22.33(5)    Availability.  A postsecondary institution offering an approved program shall enter into a contract with a school district interested in making the program available to eligible students of the school district. The program shall be made available to any eligible student from a participating school district. An institution offering programming to a student under this rule shall comply with the requirements of Division IV of this chapter.  a.    Student eligibility.  To participate in an approved program, a student shall comply with the criteria established under rule 281—22.2(261E).  b.    Teacher eligibility.  A teacher assigned to provide instruction under this rule shall comply with the criteria established under rule 281—22.3(261E) and be a community college-employed instructor.  c.    Institutional eligibility.  Institutions offering an approved program under this rule shall comply with the criteria established under rule 281—22.4(261E). Related ARC(s): 4293C, 5326CThese rules are intended to implement Iowa Code chapter 261E.
Related ARC(s): 8187B, 9902B, 0526C, 0519C, 4293C, 4809C, 5326C