Portfolio review guidelines
According to guidelines adopted by the Connecticut Board of Education on November 7, 1990, parents conducting home instruction programs under the suggested procedures should participate with public school officials in an annual portfolio review. The suggested procedures provide that, "an annual portfolio review will be held with the parents and school officials to determine if instruction in the required courses has been given." However, a Home School Legal Defense Association member family residing in East Hartford was instructed by the assistant superintendent of schools to simply deliver their children's portfolios to the public school for review without the parents being present. Wanting to make sure that the public school officials followed the guidelines, the family asked HSLDA to explain to the assistant superintendent that the parents were to be included in the portfolio review. HSLDA advised the assistant superintendent that the parents desired a face-to-face meeting instead of leaving their school records at the public school. As a result, the portfolio review was conducted as intended by the suggested procedures.
Our member families should keep in mind that the purpose of the annual portfolio review with the parents and school officials is only to determine if instruction in the required courses has been given. There is to be no evaluation of the students' academic progress, no review of standardized test results, no examination of attendance records, and no review of curriculum materials. The only items necessary for the portfolio are samples of the child's work in the required subjects as proof that instruction has taken place.
— Dewitt T. Black