Public school districts can include dual enrolled students on their state funding reports, and they receive 10% of the per-student funding that the state provides for fully enrolled students. (Schools can receive a higher percentage, based upon usage, for secondary students.)
2. How do I access dual enrollment?
For homeschooled students of compulsory school attendance age (6-16), dual enrollment is accessed by completely filing the CPI Form A (with Item #9 selected) and meeting all of the additional requirements for either CPI Option 1 or CPI Option 2 with Opt-In.
For students younger than age 6 or age 16 and older (on September 15), dual enrollment is accessed by filing an abbreviated CPI Form A, with only Items #1, #2, and #9 completed. A plan of instruction need not be attached and no teacher supervision or annual assessment results reporting are required.
3. Am I required to dual enroll my child?
Dual enrollment in the public school is an option, not a requirement. The decision as to whether or not a child is dual-enrolled is made by the parent. A school district cannot automatically dual-enroll your child.
4. Is dual enrollment the same as enrollment in a Home School Assistance Program [HSAP]
Dual enrollment is not the same as enrollment in a Home School Assistance Program [HSAP]. A school district must offer dual enrollment, but it does not have to offer a HSAP. Students who are in a HSAP can also be dual-enrolled.
Access by homeschooled students to public school services, activities, classes, and materials that are provided to regularly enrolled students must be obtained through dual enrollment - not HSAP enrollment. Homeschooled students can be both dual enrolled and HSAP enrolled.
5. Under dual enrollment, is the school district required to give me textbooks, teacher's editions and/or a computer?
A school district is only required to provide you with available materials that are provided on the same basis to regularly enrolled students. These provisions will be governed by school policies.
6. Can my dual-enrolled student play sports or participate in extracurricular activities at the public school?
A homeschooled dual-enrolled student can participate in sports and extracurricular activities at a public school on the same basis as regularly enrolled students. Participating students must meet eligibility requirements. Parents can submit an eligibility form to verfiy student status.
Any activity fees charged to regularly enrolled students for the specific activities accessed will also apply to the homeschool dual enrolled student. Schools are not to charge the full student fee for regularly enrolled students.
7. Can my dual-enrolled student take classes at the local public school?
Dual-enrolled homeschooled students can take classes at the local public school on the same basis as a regularly enrolled student. At least one-fourth of the child's instruction must be by way of competent private instruction and no more than three-fourths via the public school.
Any activity fees charged to regularly enrolled students for the specific classes accessed will also apply to the homeschool dual enrolled student. Schools are not to charge the full student fee for regularly enrolled students.
8. Can my dual-enrolled student take college classes under the Senior Year Plus option?
Dual-enrolled homeschooled students can utilize the Senior Year Plus option and take college classes paid for by state funds on the same basis as a regularly enrolled student. At least one-fourth of the child's instruction must be by way of competent private instruction and no more than three-fourths via Senior Year Plus options.
More information about the Senior Year Plus program is available here.
9. Are dual enrolled students in kindergarten through grade three required to submit to mandatory public school screening for reading or reading readiness?
Iowa school districts are required to offer, but may not compel, any dual enrolled or HSAP enrolled student or parent to take part in any of the following: universal screening, progress monitoring, parent contract, additional intensive reading instruction, 90 minutes of evidence-based instruction per day, retention, or attendance at a summer literacy program.
10. Are dual enrolled students required to submit to a Home Language Survey?
The Iowa Department of Education's 2017-2018 Private Instruction Handbook states that a Home Language Survey is required for dual enrolled students (and, by implication, possibly HSAP enrolled students as well). The Department cites Title VI of the Civil Rights Act to justify this position.
NICHE has notified the Iowa Department of Education, noting that U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education resources apply the Home Language Survey mandate to school districts. Further, we note that these same resources mention opt-outs of offered programs and services, so it does not follow that sanctions or penalties should be applied to parents who opt out of the survey utlized to identiy those to whom those programs and services are offered.
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