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    Filed at 2:44 pm under by dcobranchi

    When all the homeschooling bills are in bloom. These are out of Virginia.

    HB 1767 and HB 1770 will help home-schoolers obtain information about standardized tests required for their children and will help them obtain information about PSAT and AP testing opportunities.

    1767 seems innocuous. I’m not so sure about 1770. Here’s the new sentence:

    The Department of Education shall maintain a list of achievement tests, evaluations, and assessments that satisfy the requirements of clauses (i) and (ii) of this subsection.

    Maybe Chris can answer this: Are parents currently allowed to choose any nationally normed test? Because this one sounds as if the edu-crats will get to choose from now on. VAhomeschoolers.org doesn’t seem to have anything on their website about this.

    4 Responses to “SILLY SEASON: VA”


    Comment by
    Chris
    January 27th, 2005
    at 3:29 pm

    Here is the current law

    § 22.1-254.1. Declaration of policy; requirements for home instruction of children.

    C. The parent who elects to provide home instruction shall provide the division superintendent by August 1 following the school year in which the child has received home instruction with either (i) evidence that the child has attained a composite score in or above the fourth stanine on a battery of achievement tests which have been approved by the Board of Education for use in the public schools or (ii) an evaluation or assessment which, in the judgment of the division superintendent, indicates that the child is achieving an adequate level of educational growth and progress.

    In practice, we can use any nationally normed test, because no such list actually exists today.

    VHEA traditionally has been very on top of this type of stuff. I don’t what is going on this year.


    Comment by
    Shay
    January 27th, 2005
    at 4:14 pm

    HB 1767 and HB 1770 were requested by VaHomeschoolers due to evidence of need.

    “Are parents currently allowed to choose any nationally normed test?” In *theory,* homeschoolers can submit results of any nationally normed tests. However, local school superintendents can refuse to accept any particular test(s), or refuse to accept a portfolio evaluation or an independent assessment. It is left to the local super’s discretion. Therefore, there are no tests or evaluations that a division *must* accept.

    The intent of HB 1770 is to “expand the number of testing options” through creation of a list of tests that the local divisions *must* accept. They can, of course, accept others in addition.

    VaHomeschoolers’ legislative information is readily available to Virginians and others at its Announce list at:
    groups...nounce
    One need not subscribe to read the archives.
    Legislative Updates that include info on these two bills are at:
    groups...ge/177
    and
    groups...ge/178


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    January 27th, 2005
    at 4:16 pm

    Thanks for clearing that up, Shay.


    Comment by
    Chris
    January 27th, 2005
    at 9:53 pm

    Silly me, I’ve been checking the website for updates. I must have fallen off the email list – I was on it for years but now that I think about it I haven’t seen one in quite a while.

    Are there a significant number of cases of homeschoolers having problems with testing? What if we don’t like the list they come up with? We are proposing to trade the judgement of a local official for the judgement of a state official. The flexibility of the local official could be seen as a plus or a minus, however now there will be no flexibility at all. The list will be the list.

    I hope it’s a list we can all live with.