The state recognizes three forms of Private Instruction.
Competent Private Instruction Option 1 is instruction provided on a daily basis for at least 148 days during the school year by or under the supervision of an Iowa licensed teacher. Form A is required by Sept. 1 as well as evidence of immunizations. The form will require information regarding an outline of the course of study as well as lesson plans. Students may but are not required to participate in district assessments.
Competent Private Instruction Option 2 is instruction provided on a daily basis for at least 148 days by a non-licensed person. Form A may be completed and should include an outline of the course of study. Under this option parents may choose to “opt out” of district assessments. If dual enrollment is desired, Form A participation in district assessments and evidence of immunizations will be required.
Independent Private Instruction is instruction that is not from an accredited institution, does not include more than four students, provides instruction in mathematics, reading and language arts, science, and social studies. Reports of instructional plan and student progress may be requested by the district at any time. Dual enrollment is not available under this option.
Under Option 1, the supervising teacher is responsible for ensuring that adequate yearly progress is being made. Families may choose to participate in the district’s annual assessments at no cost or another state approved assessment at their own expense.
Under Option 2, students may, but are not required to be assessed annually. If they choose, they may participate in the district’s annual assessment at no cost.
Under the option of Independent Private Instruction, there is no requirement for annual assessments. If requested in advance, students may participate in district annual assessments at no cost.