In compliance with AB 130, school districts and county offices of education are required to provide all of their enrolled TK-12 students with an independent study (IS) option for the 2021-2022 school year. For special education students, however, participation in independent study continues to be subject to IEP team determination as already provided in the law.
Districts and county offices have different options available in order to satisfy this mandate (i.e. local program option/s, interdistrict attendance agreement with another district/s, or contracting with a county office of education) as well as discretion in terms of program design, within certain general parameters.
This guidance document is to provide a high-level recommended task list to help with AB 130 compliance.