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School Apologizes for Remediation Threat

by Scott Woodruff • October 2, 2018

A Fredericksburg-area public school system sent a letter to a mom warning her that she would not be allowed to homeschool unless she submitted a remediation plan because of her child’s low year-end test scores.

After the family asked Home School Legal Defense Association for help, we sent a letter to the official explaining that while some of the child’s individual subtest scores were only in the third stanine, the overall or composite score was in the fourth stanine.

Stanines refer to test results that have been graded on a nine-point scale, with four through six generally being considered average, and four or higher being acceptable under Virginia law.

Under Virginia law, individual subtest scores are irrelevant. Only the overall or composite score matters.

The school representative sent a letter apologizing for the error and acknowledging that the homeschool program was not on probation.


Scott Woodruff

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Scott is a seasoned attorney and homeschool advocate with decades of involvement in homeschool legal issues and cases. Read more.


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