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.

    The assessment must be completed by May 1 and the results must be filed at the resident public school 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
    Parents using any CPI option must provide instruction for at least 148 days per school year, with at least 37 days per quarter, but there is no legally-defined mechanism for verification.
  • 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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Even though I was talking to myself, I’m not crazy.
I'm a homeschool mom,
and that was just a parent-teacher conference.

 
TOOLKIT FOR CPI Option 2 with Opt-In Reporting
CPI Option 2 with Opt-In Tools
The 2017-2018 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.

Note: If you're a NICHE 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:
NICHE 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 NICHE 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 NICHE, may be used to comply with the requirement on the Competent Private Instruction Form (Form A) for an attached outline of course of study. 

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

If you use separate materials for each subject area, you'll probably choose the lined form.

If you use a unit study approach, the unlined form will likely be your choice.

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

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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 NICHE 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 or HSAP-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 NICHE 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 NICHE 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 NICHE 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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2017 - 2018 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 NICHE 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 NICHE 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 NICHE 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:
NICHE 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
2017 - 2018 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 NICHE Legal Summary

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

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The NICHE Homeschool Resource Guide

Purpose:
NICHE 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

Yes. Parents who use CPI Option 2 with Opt-In Reporting are required to file CPI Form A, available in the Tool Kit above.

More information on immunization requirements is available here.

Standardized Testing FAQs
For those using standardized testing assessment under CPI Option 2 with Opt-In

Parents who choose standardized testing as their CPI Option 2 with Opt-In assessment:

  • Start the testing option when the child is 7 or older. (Parents who select the testing option for 6 year old children for whom they are filing CPI forms do not need to have the children tested, nor do they need to submit any test results at the end of the year.)
    The first year’s testing results are called the baseline and are only recorded, and are not used to determine if adequate progress is being made.
  • Choose a test from the list of approved tests published by the Department of Education or request special permission to use another test.
  • Arrange to have the child tested - either by the public school or privately - by May 1.
  • Upon request, public schools must provide free testing for CPI students.
  • Privately-procured testing is also available at a reasonable cost (see below).
  • Report the results to the resident school district by June 30.
  • Make special arrangements if the child does not make adequate progress:
  • "Adequate progress" is defined as composite scores which are:
    • above the thirtieth percentile, nationally normed, in reading, mathematics, and language arts (for grades 1-5) or reading, mathematics, language arts, science, and social studies (for grades 6 & above), and which indicate
    • either that the child has made six months' progress from the previous evaluation results or that the child is at or above grade level for the child's age.  

The Department of Education publishes a list of acceptable tests in its annual Competent Private Instruction Handbook. Find the list in the Tool Kit above.

You may also request the Department of Education’s permission to use a test not on the list of acceptable tests.

The test grade level is to correspond to the chronological age of the student unless the test administrator determines that a different one would be more appropriate for the particular child being tested.

Yes, as long as you test the child according the test publisher's protocol.

Testing materials can be easily purchased from Bob Jones University Testing and Evaluation Service.

The available tests, the fees, and the test publisher's protocols are listed there. This site also gives very helpful information on interpreting test results and using these results to build a strong academic program for your student.

Parents submitting privately-procured test results may use the Test Administrator Certification Statement Form when filing their test results with the resident school district. (See Tool Kit above.)

"Adequate progress" means:

  • For children under sixth grade level, “adequate progress” means that the child has achieved evaluation scores which are above the 30th percentile, nationally normed, in each of the areas of reading, mathematics, and language arts, and which indicate either that the child has made six months' progress from the previous evaluation results or that the child is at or above grade level.
  • For children in grade levels six and above, "adequate progress" means that the child has achieved evaluation scores which are above the thirtieth percentile, nationally normed, in each of the areas of reading, mathematics, language arts, science and social studies, and which either indicate that the child has made six months' progress from the previous evaluation results or that the child is at or above grade level.

If a child's test scores do not indicate "adequate progress" under competent private instruction, the director of the department of education, or the director's designee, notifies the parent, guardian, or custodian of the child that the child is required to attend an accredited public or nonpublic school, unless approval for competent private instruction under a remediation plan is granted. The director, or the director's designee, may provisionally approve continued competent private instruction under an approved remediation plan to improve instruction for up to one year.

A child may be re-tested, but the test must be administered sufficiently in advance to allow for processing of the test results prior to the first day of classes of the succeeding school year. The child may also undergo portfolio evaluation before the next school year commences.

By May 1, testing should be complete and the student's scores should be sent to your local school district by June 30.

You are only required to report composite scores, so you may submit a photocopy of the test results report with the sub-scores marked out.

For the address of your local school district, check the Department of Education's public school directory available on its website.

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Portfolio Evaluation FAQs
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For those using portfolio evaluation under CPI Option 2 with Opt-In

Parents who choose portfolio evaluation as their CPI Option 2 with Opt-In assessment:

  • Start the portfolio evaluation process when the child is 7 or older. (Parents who select CPI Option 2 with Opt-In for 6 year old children for whom they are filing CPI forms do not need to have portfolios evaluated, nor do they need to submit any test results at the end of the year.)
    The first year’s evaluation is called the baseline, and is not used to determine if adequate progress is being made. .
  • Select an appropriately licensed teacher to serve as the portfolio evaluator.
    • A portfolio evaluator who holds an elementary classroom endorsement may assess children in grades 1 through 6.  
    • A portfolio evaluator who holds an elementary content endorsement may assess children in grades 1 through 8.  
    • A portfolio evaluator who holds a secondary content endorsement may assess children in grades 5 through 12.  
    • A person with a current substitute teacher’s license who produces evidence of a previously-held Iowa license with classroom or content endorsements may assess children within the same grade level restrictions as that of a person with a current Iowa license with classroom or content endorsements.
  • Supply the resident school district with the name and license folder number of your choice for portfolio evaluator and receive approval before May 1.
    Use the NICHE form for this purpose, if desired. (See Tool Kit below.)
  • Compile a portfolio of representative, dated work samples throughout the school year in each of the required subject areas:
    • For grades 1-5: reading, language arts, and mathematics
    • For grades 6-12: reading, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
  • Include in the portfolio, for each required subject area:
    • a book of lesson plans, a diary, or other written record indicating the subject matter taught and activities in which the child has been engaged,
    • an outline of the curriculum used by the child,
    • copies of any tests or other formal and informal assessment instruments used to measure student progress over the current academic year,
    • a copy of the baseline evaluation,
    • the most recent assessment report of the student’s annual progress,
    • dated examples of the student’s work, and,
    • self–assessments by the student (if desired).
  • Add photographs or recordings of student projects and activities, as well as student self-assessments, if desired.
  • Report the results to the resident school district by June 30.
  • Make special arrangements if the child does not make adequate progress:
  • "Adequate progress" is determined by the portfolio evaluator.

Make every effort to select a portfolio evaluator with an educational philosophy similar to your own.

It is best to meet with your evaluator at the beginning of the school year to formulate a plan and come to an agreement on what items must be included in the portfolio. It is also wise, but not required that you meet with your evaluator during the year and make sure the work your child is doing is acceptable to the evaluator.

Use the NICHE Contract for Home School Portfolio Evaluation to clearly delineates duties and responsibilities, and protects the privacy, of all parties involved. (Find it in the Tool Kit above.)

By May 1, the portfolio evaluation should be complete and the evaluator’s report should be sent to your local school district by June 30. (Use the NICHE report form created for this purpose, if desired. Find it in the Tool Kit above.)

For the address of your local school district, check the Department of Education's public school directory available on its website.

Accredited Correspondence School FAQs
For those using an accredited correspondence school under CPI Option 2 with Opt-In

Yes, but only if the correspondence school is a member of an accrediting association recognized by the federal department of education and accredited for elementary and secondary education.

NICHE has compiled a list of accredited correspondence schools whose final report should be accepted by the Department of Education and the school district. (See Tool Kit above.)

This list is neither guaranteed nor exhaustive, but is provided as a tool to assist you.

Parents using correspondence school reports as evidence of annual educational progress bear the responsibility of confirming that the school they use is appropriately accredited and has maintained this accreditation while the student was enrolled.

  • Decide whether you and your child can commit to all of the correspondence school’s requirements, including costs, curriculum choices, and timelines for completion.
  • Verify that the correspondence school’s worldview is compatible with your own.
  • Certify, each year you use the correspondence school for annual assessment purposes,
  • that the school is appropriately accredited and obtain printed verification of this fact.
  • Understand that utilizing end-of-year reports from accredited correspondence schools for competent private instruction annual assessment purposes does not automatically ensure that credits earned through an accredited correspondence school can be transferred to a public school, if you should ever desire to do so.

For the address of your local school district, check the Department of Education's public school directory available on its website.

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