August 28, 2013

Probation Withdrawn after HSLDA Intervenes

Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members regarding legal issues in Virginia. He and his wife homeschooled their children. Read more >>

No one wants to be put “on probation” in Virginia because it carries with it the possible threat of being forced to stop homeschooling.

So when the York County Public Schools sent a letter to a Virginia HSLDA member warning her that her son was on probation and that a remediation plan must be filed with the school system by September 6, the member immediately called HSLDA for help.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott A. Woodruff reviewed the student’s test scores. Then he contacted the school official and explained the student’s composite score was in the 4th stanine, which is the lowest score level that is within the acceptable progress range under Virginia law. He added that it was inconsequential that the student scored below the 4th stanine on three subtests.

The official acknowledged that she had misread the score results. She promised to send a follow-up letter rescinding the probation.

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