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This document provides guidelines for developing competency-based pathways in Iowa districts and schools and outlines waiver requirements and procedures. Competency-based pathways provide ways to validate learning of standards that occurs outside the structure of the traditional school and offer flexibility for schools to engage students in learning that moves beyond the traditional constraints of seat time and divisions among content areas. These pathways provide opportunities for students to advance through content or earn credit toward high school graduation regardless of age or amount of time in the classroom, online, or in a setting off campus. They will enable districts and schools to provide student-centered, personalized learning systems through which students of all ages develop both ownership and control of their own learning. Educators and students will be better able to connect learning to students' interests. Provided are: (1) Principles, (2) Definitions and Explanations; (3) License and Endorsement; (4) Examples; (5) Student Access; (6) District Policy; (7) Resources; and (8) State Contact.

Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Guidelines, State Policy, State Departments of Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Administrative Principles, Certification, Educational Resources, Educational Principles, State Standards, Educational Policy, Program Descriptions, Mastery Learning, Educational Objectives, Student Evaluation, Educational Methods

Iowa Department of Education. Grimes State Office Building, 400 East 14th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319-0146. Tel: 515-281-5294; Fax: 515-242-5988; Web site:

Author: Iowa Department of Education


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