Much has changed since we updated you a few weeks ago about homeschool testing and assessments in light of COVID-19.
Several states have taken action to modify—or even waive—these and other homeschool requirements to help parents and students remain safe.
Our attorneys have been monitoring the situation and have shared what they’ve learned with homeschool families through email, social media, and the HSLDA website.
In case some of you still have questions, we wanted to provide a quick recap of what has happened so far.
Of course, things may change again. And the guidance offered by officials hasn’t always been perfectly clear.
And as always, members may contact our legal team with specific questions.
If your state is not listed, please know that HSLDA continues to work with the relevant parties on developing appropriate modifications due to the current crisis. More updates could be coming in the weeks ahead, but for now stay the course in your homeschool program!
Governor Brian Kemp has signed an executive order
that modifies the standardized testing requirement for homeschooling
Governor Janet Mills has issued a statewide waiver of school attendance requirements. This means that for the 2019-20 school year, it is not necessary for public school, private school, or home instruction students to receive the customary number of days of instruction.
The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has said: “Schools will not be required to make up the days/hours lost due to COVID-19 this school year, and missed calendar hours will not affect the calculation of average daily attendance.” This announcement was not limited to public schools.
Even though New York education officials have canceled all public school state assessments for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year, so far homeschoolers are still expected to fulfill their annual assessment requirements.
The Legislature has passed Senate Bill 704, which alleviates several requirements for the 2019-2020 school year.
House Bill 197 was amended with the intent of waiving the homeschool assessment requirement for the current school year. The legislative language was a little unclear, but the Ohio Department of Education has promised further guidance.
The legislature has waived homeschool end-of-year testing, evaluations, and the minimum instructional time requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. This may complicate things for homeschool high school seniors who plan to graduate at the end of the current school term.
The legislature passed a bill with two major changes for homeschoolers during the 2019-2020 school year. It waives the requirement that homeschools provide 180 days of instruction, and for families using the independent homeschool option, it waives the standardized testing requirement.
The West Virginia Department of Education has recommended that county boards give homeschoolers a sort of grace period until December 31, 2020 if they submit a standardized test as their annual assessment. This grace period does not apply to those submitting other forms of assessment.