The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XIX, NUMBER 5
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September / October 2003


FEATURES
Homeschooling around the world

A global view

What can you do?
Competition grows in HSLDA's 2nd essay contest

Landstuhl Regional Medical Center by Claire Novak

When words are not enough by Grace Lichlyter

DEPARTMENTS
Along the way

Standing together: 20 years later

HSLDA and South Carolina
From the heart
Across the states
Active cases
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Freedom watch
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President's page

ET AL.

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ACROSS THE STATES

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ARKANSAS

Changes in homeschool law

On April 22, 2003, Governor Mike Huckabee signed House Bill 2879, amending Arkansas' homeschool law. The changes are as follows:

>>State tests for homeschool students must be norm-referenced achievement tests. There had been some concern within the homeschooling community that the state board of education might attempt to impose criterion-referenced achievement tests on homeschool students. Criterion-referenced tests measure a student's knowledge of course content offered in the public schools. Such text-specific tests are patently unfair to homeschool students who may have been instructed using different course materials.
>>Prior law subjected a student refusing to participate in the state testing program to truancy charges. The changes to the law also impose the same penalty on students refusing to participate in an alternate testing program. Additionally, any student refusing to participate in testing will not be considered a homeschool student. Once the student complies with the testing requirement, he will be restored to his homeschool status, assuming he complies with all other legal requirements.
>>Homeschool students with learning disabilities are to be given the same consideration afforded to private school students under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Prior law stated that homeschool students were not eligible for any special education services.

Dewitt T. Black