Dual Enrollment FAQ See #8 below for information on the new 2016/2017 mandate from the Iowa Department of Education
1. 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. The Competent Private Instruction Report (Form A) has a section where parents can request dual enrollment, if they want it. When parents request dual enrollment, the school district receives state funds to provide service for the dual-enrolled student. Access to public school programs, activities, services and materials can be obtained through dual enrollment. PLEASE NOTE: Dual enrollment is no longer required to access no-cost standardized testing for annual assessment purposes from the public school system. No-cost testing for resident homeschooled students is now available upon request. NICHE recommends that you submit your request early in the school year, and in writing, to assure that it will be honored.
A school district cannot automatically dual-enroll your child.
2. 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.
3. Under dual enrollment, is the school district required to give me textbooks and teacher's editions? A school district is only required to provide you with materials that are available on the same basis to regularly enrolled students. They may provide you with teacher's editions, but they are not required to do so.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Can my dual-enrolled student take college classes under the Post Secondary Enrollment Option or concurrent enrollment option? Dual-enrolled homeschooled students can utilize the Post Secondary Enrollment Option [PSEO] or the concurrent enrollment 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 the PSEO or concurrent enrollment option.
7. 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.
8. Are dual enrolled students required to submit to a Home Language Survey?
The Iowa Department of Education's 2016-2017 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 is currently working to seek clarification on this position. The DE recently responded to our inquiry by stating: "The school must ask and the parent must answer the questions on the [Home Language Survey]."
While we have no objection to school districts offering this survey to parents of dual enrolled or HSAP enrolled students, we believe that those parents should have the right to opt out of responding without jepordizing their ability to access dual enrollment or HSAP enrollment.
NICHE has sent another communication to the Iowa DE, noting that U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education resources apply the mandate to the 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.
NICHE will continue to work on this issue. Watch for updates here -- and in our NICHE member e-newsletter. (Not a member? Join now!)
9. How do I access dual enrollment?
Parents who want their students to access dual enrollment must use one of the Competent Private Instruction (CPI) options with reporting, either CPI Option 1 or CPI Option 2 with Opt-In. Under either of these two options, parents are required to file a CPI Form A. When completing this form, parents who want to access dual enrollment should indicate this choice on Item #9.
10. How can I access dual enrollment for a child who younger or older than the compulsory school attendance age (6-16)?
If your child is younger than 6, or older than 16, on September 15, you can access dual enrollment for that child by filing an abbreviated CPI form filing. Simply complete Items #1, #2 and #9 on the standard CPI form and file it with your local public school district. For more information on filing a CPI form, click here.
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