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What Follows Kiss?

The long awaited day of “real” school finally arrived for 5-year-old Kerrin. As Mom was showing her short vowel flash cards, she would repeat each word after Mom. Our first word was “miss.” Mom said, “If this is miss, what is this?” while putting down “hiss.” Kerrin replied, “Hiss.” Again Mom put down a card and said, “If this is kiss, what is this?” while putting down the next card. Kerrin excitedly called out, “I know this one, it’s hug!” Well, it wasn’t— but she certainly got one!

Diane Maione
Greenville, Rhode Island
Rhode Island

Improper Demand for Standardized Tests

A Home School Legal Defense Association member in Coventry recently received a letter from Virginia Schuttert, Director of Special Services, demanding that the member’s children submit to a standardized test.

However, this family had previously submitted portfolios as evidence of the children’s progress. Local schools in Rhode Island do not have authority to insist on standardized testing. A portfolio is a perfectly acceptable method of measuring the progress of a student.

HSLDA has explained to Ms. Schuttert that this family will not submit to a standardized test. — Scott A. Woodruff