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Superintendent Withdraws Threat
In August 2005, the LaRock* family received a letter from the Wyoming County school superintendent requiring them to initiate a remediation program for their daughter, Crystal. Crystal had scored below the 50th percentile in several subjects on her standardized achievement test. The LaRocks, members of Home School Legal Defense Association, called our office for advice.
HSLDA wrote a letter to the superintendent. We explained that West Virginia law does not require a child's score to be at the 50th percentile in every subject area. It only requires that the mean score for all the required subjects together be at the 50th percentile. (Crystal's average score was at the 89th percentile.) We asked the superintendent to confirm in writing that Crystal's progress was legally acceptable and that a remediation plan was not needed.
In a letter to the LaRocks, the superintendent withdrew his demand and stated that no remediation plan was necessary.
— by Scott A. Woodruff
* Name changed to protect family's privacy.