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 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, 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? Dual-enrolled homeschooled students can utilize the Post Secondary 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 Post Secondary 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?
The Department of Education has announced it will apply the phrase "all students enrolled in kindergarten through grade three" in the first full paragraph of Iowa Code section 279.68, to include all students who are dual enrolled and HSAP enrolled. This portion of Iowa law mandates regular screenings for reading or reading readiness for these students throughout the school year. Prescribed responses are included for students identified by the screenings as “at-risk” and/or "having a substantial deficiency" in reading.
In light of the wording of the entire statute, however, both NICHE and HSLDA have expressed doubt that the legislative intent was to apply it to homeschooled students, and have requested that the DE make the application of 279.68 to home educated chldren optional.
On September 22nd, the DE sent out letters to Iowa school districts stating: "While we believe our interpretation of Iowa Code § 279.68 is correct, we also recognize the scope of adjustments this may require in certain situations. Because of the complexity of these issues, we will delay the Department’s monitoring of this statute as it relates to students who are dual enrolled or participating in HSAP programing until our staff can work with districts and HSAP programs regarding the practical implementation of this law. In the interim, districts must still offer universal screening to students who are dual enrolled or enrolled in a HSAP. However, students who are dual enrolled or participating in a HSAP should not be compelled to be screened."
On December 4, the Iowa Department of Education posted new guidance for public schools stating that they mustoffer reading screening and follow-up services to HSAP and dual-enrolled students, but they may not require those families to participate.
We appreciate the Department's willingness to work with us on this issue.
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.
9. 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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