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Application Letter for IQC Student Member

State of California
Gavin Newsom, Governor
An Advisory Body to the California State Board of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 3207
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-319-0881
Fax: 916-319-0172

For Immediate Release
August 5, 2022


The California State Board of Education (SBE) is seeking applications for a Student Member to serve a one-year term on the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC). The Student Member will function as a regular voting member with the full rights and duties of the other members of the IQC. Any student who is a California resident and meets the criteria below is eligible to apply.

As defined by Education Code Section 33530 (amended 2015):

(d)(1) It is the intent of the Legislature to encourage the state board to consider appointing a pupil to the commission, using the current appointment process. (2) Notwithstanding Section 1020 of the Government Code, if the state board elects to appoint a pupil to the commission, the pupil shall meet both of the following criteria: (A) The pupil has been enrolled in a California high school for a minimum of two consecutive years. (B) The pupil is in good standing.


The estimated time commitment required for the Student Member will be a one-day orientation on January 18, 2023, and up to two consecutive school days every other month to attend regular IQC meetings. If needed, additional subcommittee meetings may be scheduled. All of these meetings require preparation time to study the agenda materials and prepare feedback in advance.

Frequency of Meetings

The IQC typically holds six two-day meetings per year (January, March, May, July, September, and November). IQC meetings may be held either as an audio/video teleconference or an in-person meeting and will be accompanied by a live webcast. If held in person, the SBE Board Room in the CDE may be closed to the public, consistent with state and local public health orders. Details regarding access to the meeting and guidelines for public comment will be posted on each meeting’s agenda notice.

Travel, Lodging, and Other Expenses

The Student Member will serve without pay. All authorized travel costs related to the IQC meetings (e.g., transportation, lodging, meals) are reimbursed in accordance with state regulations with the exception of airfare, which is directly paid by the CDE. Please note that costs associated with virtual meetings (e.g., internet service or device cost) are not reimbursable expenses.


The application is available on the SBE Application Information web page at

Please note that the application requests that applicants email a current transcript and three letters of recommendation to the IQC mailbox at One of the letters must come from the applicant’s high school teacher, one from an administrator (e.g. principal, vice principal, counselor at your high school), and the other should come from another adult (not related to the applicant) who knows him/her/them well and is able to comment on his/her/their qualifications for the position. A single PDF of the application that includes a current transcript and three letters of recommendation is preferred.

Optional Items: You may also include supporting documents about yourself, beginning in seventh grade (e.g., newspaper clippings, articles, etc.). Items from earlier years will not be reviewed. Please include only photocopies, not original documents.

Application Deadline

The application, along with a current transcript and three letters of recommendation, must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 23, 2022. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted.


For additional information, including the 2023–2024 IQC Student Member application, please visit the SBE Application Information webpage at or contact the IQC by email at

Last Reviewed: Friday, August 5, 2022
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