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Innovative Learning Opportunities Pilot Program
Governor Polis signed SB19-216 into law on May 10, 2019 which created the High School Innovative Learning Opportunities Pilot Program, hereafter known as the Innovative Learning Opportunities Pilot Program. This program enables participating Local Education Providers (LEPs) to offer their 9th through 12th grade high school students a variety of learning experiences that usually occur outside of the classroom. These learning experiences should be designed to enrich students’ education and support them in successfully transitioning from high school to postsecondary education and/or the workforce.
Innovative learning opportunities may include work-based learning such as apprenticeships or residency programs, enrollment in postsecondary courses taught on college campuses, competency-based learning or capstone projects, and other learning experiences that are designed to help students develop and demonstrate personal, entrepreneurial, civic and interpersonal, and professional skills as described in CDE’s Essential Skills Required in the Colorado Academic Standards.
Selected LEPs that enroll part-time students and fewer than 5,000 students in grades nine through twelve will be allowed to count their part-time students that are enrolled in grades nine through twelve and are participating in innovative learning opportunities as full-time pupils, regardless of the actual number of teacher-pupil instruction hours and teacher-pupil contact hours for each pupil.
The 2020-21 school year will be the pilot year of the Innovative Learning Opportunities Program. It is the intent of the General Assembly to increase the number of LEPs that participate in this program to 100% participation by 2025-26.