Iowa

Compulsory Attendance Ages: Between the ages of 6 (as of September 15th) and less than 16.

Required Days of Instruction: 148 days total.

Required Subjects: None.

Home School Statute: Yes.

Parents must annually submit a “Competent Private Instruction” (CPI) form (2 copies) to the school board secretary by August 26th. If moving into the state or initiating homeschooling after the school year has begun, submit a form that is at least partially completed within 14 calendar days and a fully completed form within 30 days.

The form asks for the name and age of the child, the number of days of instruction (must be 148), texts used, the name and address of the instructor, and an “outline of course of study” (meaning subjects covered, lesson plans, and time spent on the areas of study–there is no mandated minimum). It also requires evidence of vaccinations (or medical or religious exemption) for children being home schooled for the first time. The form asks for birth dates, but this may be omitted since it is not required under law.

Teacher Qualifications: None (except for supervising teachers).

Standardized Tests: If under the supervising teacher option, none. If under the annual assessment option, assessments are required beginning the year the child is 7 on Sept. 15 (or their first year of homeschooling, if older). This first assessment is considered the “baseline” assessment, and it is not required that progress be shown or any particular result be obtained. It is simply used as a point from which to measure future progress.

For more information, please see the HSLDA website.