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As the 2006-2007 school year draws to a close, most homeschooling families in New York are beginning to think about the annual assessments they must submit by June 30. To assist our members, here are the various options for what to include in the annual assessment, under § 100.10 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.
For grades 1-3, a parent can submit either a standardized achievement test, or an alternative written narrative evaluation. In grades 4-8, a parent can submit a written narrative only every other school year. In the “off” years, the parent must submit a test. In grades 9-12, a test must be submitted each year.
The written narrative is to be prepared by a certified teacher, a home instruction peer group review panel, or other person (including a parent) with the consent of the district superintendent. The written narrative should provide a description of the student’s progress in each subject that year (similar to a quarterly report), and it should conclude with a statement that it was based on an interview with the child and a review of the child’s portfolio. The preparer of the narrative must also certify that the child has made adequate academic progress.
The test is to be selected by the parent from the options listed in the commissioner’s regulations, or be approved by the state department of education. Make sure you plan ahead to allow time for the test to be graded and the results returned to you before the assessment submission deadline. A child who scores above the 33rd percentile is said to have made “adequate progress.”
If you have any questions regarding the annual assessment, please call Home School Legal Defense Association.
— by Thomas J. Schmidt