August 20, 2001

Ohio School District Backs Down from Unauthorized Request

When Mr. and Mrs. J recently filed their son's annual assessment, the school district responded unlawfully by requiring the family to submit a full remediation plan.

Under Ohio law, home schoolers must submit an assessment of their children at the beginning of each school year. This assessment can be either the results of a standardized test or an evaluation by a certified teacher or some other person agreed upon by the parents and district superintendent. If a family submits test scores, the student's composite score must be above the 25th percentile, or the superintendent can request a plan of remediation.

Mr. and Mrs. J's son achieved a composite score of the 97th percentile. However, on an optional portion of the test, he scored below the 25th percentile.

In a letter to Mr. and Mrs. J, a "home education manager" for the local school district demanded that they submit a plan of remediation because of the one low test score. Even after the family informed him that the composite score far exceeded the requirements, he insisted upon a full remediation plan.

Home School Legal Defense Association wrote the school district on behalf of our member family. In a subsequent telephone conversation, the official insisted that he needed the plan, but when HSLDA informed him that nothing in the regulations entitled him to it, he dropped his demand.