After graduating from a homeschool program in Georgia, Catherine Wright applied for admission at Purdue University Global, an accredited online university based in Florida. In response, she received a request for test results that she did not have (and that were not legally required).
Although Catherine had a valid high school diploma issued by Seton Home Study School, an online accredited private school, Catherine was told that she would have to provide Purdue University with standardized test scores from her high school years. But
Catherine did not take standardized tests during the years for which scores were requested because Georgia law did not require her to do so. Georgia law requires parents to administer standardized tests every three years starting in the 3rd grade,
but testing is technically no longer required after a student is above compulsory school age.
Most students take college prep tests such as the ACT or SAT in the final years of high school, but The College Board did not offer these exams during 2020.
Since Catherine was over 16 when she completed the 9th grade, her mother did not administer a standardized test for her that year. And the COVID-19 pandemic prevented her from taking a college aptitude test such as the ACT, CLT, or SAT during the 2019–20
school year, when testing was waived for all homeschooled students by Governor Brian Kemp’s executive order.
Unable to provide Purdue the information they requested, Catherine contacted HSLDA for assistance.
We quickly wrote a letter on Catherine’s behalf, informing Purdue that Catherine’s homeschool program met the requirements of Georgia law and explaining why she was not required to be tested during the years for which test results were requested.
To its credit, Purdue responded the next day, thanking us for clarifying Georgia law and promptly notifying Catherine that her high school education had been approved for admission to their program.
We’re grateful that Purdue acknowledged Catherine’s compliance with the law and didn’t let disruption caused by the pandemic keep Catherine from enrolling.