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Independent Study Operations Manual

A resource for educators and parents/guardians/caregivers providing critical information about independent study in California schools. A guide to the laws and regulations governing independent study in California schools.

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 below may be downloaded for personal and classroom use. Copyright © 2000 by the California Department of Education. All rights reserved.


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.

The ISOM can also be purchased from the Educational Resources Catalog:

  • Item Number: 001500
  • Title of Publication: Independent Study Operations Manual (2000 Edition)
  • Price Per Copy: $30.00
Questions: Dan Sackheim | | 916-445-5595 
Last Reviewed: Monday, April 3, 2017
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