May 12, 2008

Accredited Correspondence School Report Card as CPI Year-End Assessment

Note: A report card from a correspondence school accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education can satisfy the requirement of a year-end assessment. The Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators has prepared the following helpful document for guidance.

If you are not using a supervising teacher, an annual assessment is required. The annual assessment can be a standardized test, portfolio evaluation by a licensed teacher, or an end-of-year report from an accredited correspondence school. An accredited correspondence school’s end-of-year report may only be used for annual assessment purposes if the correspondence school is accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. All annual assessments—including end-of-year reports from accredited correspondence schools—must be completed by May 1 and submitted to the Iowa Department of Education and your local school district by June 30 of the school year.

Below is a limited list of accredited correspondence schools. This list is not an endorsement by NICHE for any of the listed institutions—nor is it a recommendation of the accredited correspondence school option for annual assessment. Great care and discernment is necessary when choosing programs and legal options for your children. As you make these decisions, you will need to:

  1. Determine if enrolling your child in a correspondence school is best possible alternative.

  2. Decide whether you and your child can commit to all of the correspondence school’s requirements, including costs, curriculum choices, and timelines for completion.

  3. Verify that the correspondence school’s worldview is compatible with your own.

  4. Certify, each year you use the correspondence school for annual assessment purposes, that the school is appropriately accredited and obtain printed verification of this fact.

  5. Understand that utilizing end-of-year reports from accredited correspondence schools for competent private instruction annual assessment purposes does not automatically ensure that credits earned through an accredited correspondence school can be transferred to a public school, if you should ever desire to do so.

Correspondence Schools

This list is not exhaustive. There may be other appropriately accredited institutions. There are notes with some of the entities on our list. These notes are for informational purposes to assist you in making your decision.

Please understand that NICHE is not endorsing any of the entities nor are we responsible for any changes in their accreditation status.

Key to accreditation terms:

CITA: Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation
FACCS: Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools
NASC: Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
NCA CASI: North Central Association, Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement
SACS CASI: South Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement
WASC: Western Association of Schools and Colleges

2007 Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators