The Independent Study Operations Manual (2000 Edition) (ISOM) includes the laws and regulations that govern the implementation and management of independent study programs for all grade levels and adult education in California schools. The ISOM also contains best practices from educators who helped produce the document.
Single copies may be downloaded for personal and classroom use. Copyright © 2000 by the California Department of Education. All rights reserved.
Independent Study Operations Manual Updates
Provides a list of changes that should be made to the print publication and PDF versions of the Independent Study Operations Manual 2000 Edition. Please be aware of these changes as you use the manual.
- Sample Independent Study Written Agreement (DOC; Revised 24-Sep-2012)
Provides an example of a legally compliant independent study agreement, including legal citations for all required elements.
Chapter 9: Serving Unique Student Needs (01-Jul-2011; DOC)
Chapter 10: Counseling and Guidance Support Services (01-Feb-2011; DOC)
Appendix A: Legal Citations for Independent Study (Updated 28-Nov-2012; PDF)
Some districts may be using out-dated forms from previous editions of the ISOM. Forms from previous editions may not be compliant with current legal requirements.