Set Up Record Keeping

What records should you keep?

Each homeschooler can have different ideas about which records must be kept. Here are a few of the many possibilities:

These include immunization records, physical exam records, etc.

The State of Iowa requires 148 days of instruction per year, 37 days per quarter, for students under Competent Private Instruction (CPI).

Even though there really is no mechanism in the law to verify this (other than the number of days the parent writes on the CPI form at the beginning of the year), it is a good idea to keep a record the number of days that you provide instruction for your child.

This is true for students under Independent Private Instruction (IPI) as well, even though the Iowa Code does not define the number of IPI school days required per year.

Some parents use a journal, a teacher's planbook, or even scrapbooks.
Other parents keep a portfolio of their children's educational accomplishments.

If you have used any type of assessment tool, either formal or informal, you'll want to keep the results in your child's records. This is especially true if you have chosen to use the CPI Option 2 with Opt-In annual assessment option as your legal means to assure the state that your child is making progress.

Does this sound scary? It's really not!

There are lots of wonderful tools -- some are even free -- to help you create a transcript.

Check our Homeschooling High School page for more information.

What record-keeping resources are available?

NICHE has lots of forms available to help with homeschool record-keeping.

Here, too, is a link to just one of many free record-keeping resources:
Free Homeschool Forms

Remember, just because various forms are available, that doesn't mean you are required to use all of them!

Record-keeping should be a tool
to help your homeschool run more smoothly and efficiently,
not a mind-numbing burden.


© 2017 Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators & Julie Naberhaus adapted from "The ABC's of Homeschooling in Iowa" by Julie Naberhaus


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Fall in love with "progress."