CPI Option 2 with Opt-In Reporting
choice #3

REQUIREMENTS

  • Initial reporting required
    If your child is of compulsory school attendance age (6-16), you'll need to file, in duplicate, a CPI Report Form A (available in the Tool Kit below) with your  resident school district by September 1 at the beginning of each school year.

    If you start homeschooling during the school year, the form is to be at least partially completed and filed within 14 days, and fully completed and filed within 30 calendar days, of removing the child from an Iowa accredited school or moving to Iowa.

    If you are using CPI Option 2, you will leave blank the Form A section asking for a licensed teacher’s name and folder number.

  • Annual assessment results reporting required
    CPI Option 2 with Opt-In includes requirements for annual assessment and results.

    By law and rule, the assessment must be completed by May 31 and the results must be filed at the resident public school by August 1.
    (Note: Assessment results for students in their the first or "baseline" year under CPI Option 2 with Opt-In must be reported by June 30.)

    Three forms of annual assessment results are acceptable under Iowa law and rule:

    • Standardized Testing Results Report
    • Portfolio Evaluation Report
    • Accredited Correspondence School Report


    See FAQ sections below for details about each form of annual assessment.

PUBLIC SCHOOL ACCESS AVAILABILITY

  • Access is available to dual enrollment
    Public school services, activities, classes, or Senior Year Plus options are available.
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  • Access available for Parent-Taught Driver Education
    Parents using any CPI option may provide Parent-Taught Driver Education.
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SCHOOL DAY ATTENDANCE AND SCHOOL SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Instructional days specified by law
    The Iowa Code no longer specifies the number of instructional days required for CPI Option 2.
  • Annual assessment reports must include results in 5 specified subjects
    Reading, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS

  • Parents may homeschool students with special educational needs.
    While using CPI Option 2 with Opt-In, public school and/or AEA services are available through dual enrollment, if desired.
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TOOLKIT FOR CPI Option 2 with Opt-In Reporting
CPI Option 2 with Opt-In Tools

Competent Private Instruction Report [Form A]

Purpose:
The Competent Private Instruction Report is published annually by the Department of Education for use by parents providing CPI with reporting.

The DE released a new non-dated CPI Form A on August 9, 2022. The Homeschool Iowa Advocacy Team notified the DE that the form contained errors, such as marking fields as required without basis in law or rule. Ten days later, the DE published a revised form, available below. The form still has some areas of concern, but most of the serious errors have been corrected. Please read the notice in the Plan of Instruction section to the right before completing the CPI Form A.

If you're a Homeschool Iowa member, you can access a fillable (type-in) version of this form via the Member Portal.

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CPI Form A Completion Guide

Purpose:
Homeschool Iowa provides to our members this step-by-step guide to assist parents in completing a Competent Private Instruction Report (Form A).

If you're a current Homeschool Iowa member, find it on the Member Portal above. Not a member? Join today!

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Plan of Instruction Forms

Purpose:
These forms, designed by the Home School Legal Defense Association and Homeschool Iowa, have been used for decades to comply with the requirement on the CPI Form A for an "outline of the courses of study, including subjects covered, lesson plans, and time spent on the areas of study – and the titles and authors or publishers of the texts to be used." Chapter 31.2(1)(a) report items 5 & 6. 

On the new CPI Form A, you may write in "See attached" in the table provided in Item #5 and attach the completed Plan of Instruction form.

Choose the form style that works best with the curriculum you are using.

Note: If you're a Homeschool Iowa member, you can access a fillable (type-in) versions of these forms via the Member Portal.

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DOWNLOAD UNLINED FORM
Certificate of Immunization Exemption

Purpose:
This document must be filed with your CPI form if you intend to use the exemption for immunizations.

Note: If you're a Homeschool Iowa member, you can access a fillable (type-in) version of this form via the Member Portal.

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Privacy Form for Dual-Enrolled Student

Purpose:
This optional form is recommended to protect your family's privacy. It informs school officials that you want protections afforded by federal and state laws and that you do not want any information concerning your enrolled child -- including directory information -- to be released to anyone without your prior consent.

Note: If you're a Homeschool Iowa member, you can access a fillable (type-in) version of this form via the Member Portal.

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Receipt for CPI Form Filing (Optional)

Purpose:
This form may be used by a parent when filing the Competent Private Instruction (CPI) Form A.

Ask the school district official receiving your CPI Form to sign the receipt, and retain this receipt with your homeschool records.

Note: If you're a Homeschool Iowa member, you can access a fillable (type-in) version of this form via the Member Portal.

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Standardized Testing Tools
Test Administrator Certification Statement Form

Purpose:
If you choose to arrange for private – rather than public school or AEA – standardized testing for annual assessment purposes, this form may be attached to the submitted test results to provide added assurance that the standardized test was administered by a qualified test administrator using proper testing protocol prescribed by the test publisher.

Note: If you're a Homeschool Iowa member, you can access a fillable (type-in) version of this form via the Member Portal.

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"Helping Your Child with Standardized Testing” Article

Purpose:
Tips and suggestions are provided to prepare your child for standardized testing.

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List of Acceptable Tests

Purpose:
This is a list of acceptable tests, approved by the Iowa Department of Education, that you may use to satisfy the testing requirements.

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Portfolio Evaluation Tools
Contract for Homeschool Portfolio Evaluation

Purpose:
This optional contract, produced with assistance from Home School Legal Defense Association, is provided to help define and delineate the rights and responsibilities of both parties in a homeschool portfolio evaluation arrangement: the parents and the teacher.

Note: If you're a Homeschool Iowa member, you can access a fillable (type-in) version of this contract via the Member Portal.

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Report of Portfolio Evaluator Selection Form

Purpose:
If you will be using the portfolio evaluation method, you may find this simple optional form helpful. When filled out and submitted to your resident school district, it provides a mechanism to fulfill the legal requirement of seeking the school district superintendent's approval of your selected portfolio evaluator. This approval process is simply a check to see if your evaluator's license is valid and grade-level-appropriate.

Note: If you're a Homeschool Iowa member, you can access a fillable (type-in) version of this form via the Member Portal.

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Report of Portfolio Assessment Results Form

Purpose:
This optional form is offered to make the portfolio evaluator's job much easier.

It provides an efficient tool to assure that all of the required information is included in the portfolio evaluation results report.

Note: If you're a Homeschool Iowa member, you can access a fillable (type-in) version of this form via the Member Portal.

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Correspondence School Tools
 
List of Accredited Correspondence Schools

Purpose:
Homeschool Iowa provides this non-exhaustive list of homeschool correspondence schools for which we have been able to verify accreditation required to qualify as a source of annual assessment reports.

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General Resources

2020 - 2021 Private Instruction Handbook

Purpose:
This Department of Education publication is published annually to provide information
for parents and school district officials on private instruction, including Competent Private Instruction (CPI) and Independent Private Instruction (IPI).

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The Homeschool Iowa Legal Summary

Purpose:
A brief summary of the legal requirements and options for home educators in Iowa.

VIEW NICHE LEGAL SUMMARY

The Homeschool Iowa Resource Guide

Purpose:
Homeschool Iowa members have access to this helpful two-page guide listing homeschool curricula, materials, periodicals, catalog companies, and other resources. Website links are included. Not a member? Join now!

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CPI OPTION 2 WITH OPT-IN FAQs
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For all who are using CPI Option 2 with Opt-In
Standardized Testing FAQs
For those using standardized testing assessment under CPI Option 2 with Opt-In
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Portfolio Evaluation FAQs
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For those using portfolio evaluation under CPI Option 2 with Opt-In
Accredited Correspondence School FAQs
For those using an accredited correspondence school under CPI Option 2 with Opt-In
Accredited Correspondence School Student

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