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January 13, 2014

Superintendent Says Homeschoolers Must Show Equivalent Instruction

Senior Counsel Dee Black answers questions and assists members with legal issues in Connecticut. He and his wife homeschooled their children. Read more >>

Connecticut law requires that children not enrolled in public school must elsewhere receive “equivalent instruction in the studies taught in the public schools.” According to the homeschooling guidelines adopted by the Connecticut State Board of Education in 1990, parents electing to comply with the guidelines are deemed to be providing the required equivalent instruction. The guidelines provide that parents should submit to school officials a portfolio of samples of their child’s schoolwork at the end of the school year. The sole purpose of this portfolio review is “to determine if instruction in the required courses has been given.” There is to be no evaluation of the student’s academic progress, no review of curriculum materials, and no comparison of the home instruction to that offered in public school. The only requirement is that the parent bring samples of the child’s work in the required subjects as proof that instruction has taken place.

Earlier this school year, Home School Legal Defense Association assisted a member family who had received a letter from the new superintendent of schools in Canterbury describing her expectations for the year-end portfolio review. She said that the family should plan “to demonstrate or summarize the equivalent instruction your child is receiving at home.” HSLDA was able to resolve this difficulty by writing the superintendent and providing her with a copy of the state guidelines for home instruction.

In anticipation of portfolio reviews to be conducted at the end of the current school year, any families receiving communications from school officials that are contrary to state guidelines should contact HSLDA for assistance.

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