The Pennsylvania Legislature has passed legislation to waive the end-of-year evaluation and testing requirements and the minimum instructional time requirements (180 days or 900/990 hours) for homeschooling families for the 2019–2020 school year.

Senate Bill 751 was amended to include these waivers and other changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Wolf signed the bill into law today. It is effective immediately.

This means that for the 2019–2020 school year, homeschooling parents will not be required to:

  1. Include the results of a nationally normed standardized achievement test (or the Pennsylvania statewide test) in their student’s portfolio. This is currently required for students in 3rd, 5th, and 8th grade.
  2. Conduct an annual written evaluation of educational progress as determined by a qualified homeschool evaluator.
  3. Send the qualified evaluator’s certification to the local superintendent by June 30.

The waiver is only effective for the 2019–2020 school year, so these requirements will be applicable again for the 2020–2021 school year (next year). Homeschool affidavits for next year still must be filed by August 1, 2020.

HSLDA applauds this legislative action that protects homeschooling students from unhealthy social conduct because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have questions regarding these changes or complying with any of the other homeschool requirements, please feel free to contact our office.

We are here to serve and support you during this time!