Homeschool Forms & Resources

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NICHE provides a wide variety of free forms and resources
that may be used by home educating families in Iowa.

Click on any of the listed items below to download these documents
(Acrobat Reader is required for PDF forms and resources).

NICHE members may log into the Member Portal area on our website to access special fillable forms that can be typed into and printed off, providing simplicity and time-savings.

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Keep in mind that it's wise to retain the original copies for your records of all filed forms and correspondence with school officials.

Not sure what forms are required? Read our blog article, "What Can the School Require Homeschool Families to Submit?"

General Resources
2018 - 2019 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.

VIEW NICHE LEGAL SUMMARY
The NICHE Homeschool Resource Guide

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

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TOOLKIT FOR INDEPENDENT PRIVATE INSTRUCTION
IPI Tools
Independent Private Instruction Optional Response Form

Purpose:
You can use this form if you're using the Independent Private Instruction (IPI) option and you receive a written request for information about your IPI program from either your resident school district superintendent or the director of the Department of Education. Because you're required by law to respond to the written request with specific information, NICHE has created this template form to expedite the process.

Privacy Protection Form (Optional)

Purpose:
You can use this form if you're using the Independent Private Instruction (IPI) option and you file an IPI Response Form. This form notifies  school district officials that you expect them to provide the privacy guaranteed to home educators when filing forms with the school district.

Receipt for IPI Form Filing (Optional)

Purpose:
You can use this form if your using the Independent Private Instruction (IPI) option and filing an IPI Response Form.Ask the school district official receiving your CPI Form to sign the receipt, and retain this receipt with your homeschool records.

Competent Private Instruction (CPI)
Reporting Forms
The 2018-2019 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.

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.

Certificate of Immunization Exemption

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

More information can be found on our Immunizations and Screenings page. 

Privacy Form for Dual-Enrolled or HSAP-Enrolled Student

Purpose:
These option forms are recommended to protect your family's privacy. They inform school officials that you want protections afforded by federal and state laws.

The form for dual-enrolled or HSAP-enrolled Students notifies school officials that you are claiming federally mandated privacy protections, and that you do not want any information concerning your enrolled child -- including directory information -- to be released to anyone without your prior consent.

The form for non-enrolled students notifies school officials of that information about your child -- including directory information -- is confidential information protected by Iowa Code.

Failure to have one of these forms on file with the district and the AEA (where your CPI forms are filed) can leave your child's information open to anyone who requests it.

Some home educators make two copies of their CPI form and then staple privacy forms to both copies.

Because you cannot be certain that the school district will forward a copy of your optional privacy form along with your required copy of the CPI form to the AEA, you can send a copy of your privacy form  to the AEA that serves your school district.

The contact information for the 10 Area Education Agencies in Iowa can be found on the AEA website.

Receipt for CPI Form Filing (Optional)

Purpose:
This form may be used by a parent using the Competent Private Instruction (CPI) option when filing an CPI Form A. The signature of the school district official receiving the form is obtained, and the parent can retain this receipt with homeschool records.

Forms for Those Using CPI Option 1
Supervising Teacher Option Forms
Contract for Home School Consultation

Purpose:
This optional contract is provided to help define and delineate the rights and responsibilities of both parties in a homeschool consultation arrangement: the parents and the teacher.

The attorneys with Home School Legal Defense Association assisted in producing it.

For more details on the supervising teacher option, we recommend that you read the article,

"Using the Supervising Teacher Option" or read the information on our Competent Private Instruction (CPI) page under the CPI Option 1 section.

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.

Certificate of Immunization Exemption

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

More information can be found on our Immunizations and Screenings page. 

Forms for Those Using CPI Option 1 with Opt-In Reporting
Standardized Testing Resources
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.

"Helping Your Child with Standardized Testing” Article

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

VIEW ARTICLE
2018 - 2019 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.

VIEW LIST OF TESTS
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.

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.

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.


Accredited Correspondence School Resource
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.

VIEW LIST OF SCHOOLS
CPI Student Eligibility Form
CPI Student Eligibility Form

Purpose:
The Iowa Department of Education created this form for parents of CPI students to use when certifying that their students meet eligibility requirements set by state associations for participation in activities accessed through dual enrollment. The courses listed on this form do not have to be public school courses.

 
 
 
 
 

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