School attempts to impose state testing
Home School Legal Defense Association recently assisted a member family in Kapaa after the King Kaumuali'i Elementary School Principal advised them that their daughter would have to participate in the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards State Assessment (HCPSII). According to the principal's letter, all students, including those being home schooled, in grades 3, 5, 8, and 10 were required to take this assessment. The only option given was that parents could choose to have this test administered at a location other than the public school at their own expense.
HSLDA pointed out to the principal that, while test scores are required for home schooled children for grades identified in the Statewide Testing Program, these students do not have to participate in the testing program either at the public school or at any other location. According to Hawaii Administrative Rules § 8-12-18, "[t]he parent may elect to arrange the private testing at the parent's own expense. The tests used shall be comparable to the appropriate criterion or norm-referenced tests used by the department in the grades concerned." Parents do not have to use the same test used by the public school.
Other Hawaii member families who find public school officials insisting their children take the HCPSII should contact HSLDA for assistance. — Dewitt T. Black