The Home School Court Report
No. 4

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Superintendent Admits Error

A Home School Legal Defense Association member family contacted us when their local school district mistakenly refused to accept the family’s choice of a state-mandated annual assessment test.

The Steere family had notified the superintendent in the Alfred-Almond Central School District of their intent to administer the Personalized Achievement Summary System (PASS) test as their annual assessment for their children. Published by Hewitt Research Foundation, the PASS test was specifically developed for homeschool families.

However, the school district refused to allow the family to use the PASS test, since it is not listed by name in 100.10 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education of New York.

After the Steeres notified HSLDA of their difficulty, we emailed the family a copy of a letter from the New York State Education Department (SED) stating that the PASS test was approved for use by homeschoolers as an annual assessment.

Mr. and Mrs. Steere forwarded the letter to the superintendent. In his response, the superintendent thanked the Steeres for making his district aware of the SED letter. He apologized for not being aware that the PASS test was an approved test. He also stated that several other homeschooling families in the district had been refused permission to use the PASS test just as the Steeres had been, but that he would promptly contact them to rectify the situation.

— by Thomas J. Schmidt