August 29, 2014

York Retracts Probation Demand

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

A York County family turned in test scores for their 3rd-grader that showed a composite score in the 38th percentile, which is “passing” under Virginia law. But a York County official sent the family a formal letter putting their homeschool program on probation because two of their child’s six subtest scores were low. The letter asked the family to submit a plan of remediation for the school system’s approval.

The family contacted HSLDA for help. Senior Counsel Scott A. Woodruff called the official and explained that her letter was in error. Under Virginia law, the scores on individual subtests don’t matter. Only the overall or composite score (which must be in or above the fourth stanine) matters.

The official acknowledged her error and sent a follow-up letter to the family stating that their child’s progress was sufficient.

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