July 24, 2001

Testing Confusion Reigns!

Home School Legal Defense Association recently assisted a member family in the North Rose-Wolcott Central School District when the district began contradicting itself regarding the family's annual testing.

New York law requires that home schooled students be annually evaluated. Mr. and Mrs. B decided to use the Personalized Achievement Summary System (PASS) test to evaluate their child, a test designed specifically for parents to administer to their children at home.

When Mr. and Mrs. B notified the district of their choice, they received a letter from the home school coordinator approving the evaluation option, as is proper under New York law.

However, following this they received a letter from the superintendent, informing them that the PASS test was not an approved test in New York and demanding that they choose another option.

HSLDA contacted the superintendent, explaining that not only was the PASS a valid testing option according to the New York State Education Department, but that Mr. and Mrs. B were relying on the Coordinator's letter, and the superintendent's denial was both wrong and untimely.

We encourage our member families to contact us if their school district oversteps its bounds so that we can assist you in exercising your rights to home school freely.