Across the States
Their Word is Good
Every year a number of superintendents contact Home School Legal Defense Association members requesting that they submit a test company’s testing report and refusing to accept the parent’s report of the composite test results.
HSLDA has created a form parents may use to report the “results” of the standardized test, which is just one of the ways parents may comply with the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) § 3301-44-04 requirement to submit an “academic assessment report.” This form, found in the Ohio forms section under Member Resources, provides a space for parents to fill in the test’s composite score and to indicate that the testing was in compliance with other requirements in the rule.
In some cases, HSLDA has provided a “verification” letter for these parents. This involves the parents submitting the actual test company report to HSLDA and HSLDA drafting a letter to the superintendent signed by an attorney as a third party verifying that the parents are telling the truth. While HSLDA is willing to provide this service to our members, we believe that the demand for such a letter is unnecessary and, furthermore, unlawful. Superintendents should trust parents unless they have corroborated evidence to the contrary. HSLDA encourages our members to respond to any such request from superintendents by politely pointing out that you have submitted results demonstrating your child’s reasonable proficiency by a composite score at or above the 25th percentile, and asking that he accept your signed pledge that your submission was truthful.
As always, if you have questions or need assistance in dealing with a local school official, we are ready to answer your questions and assist you.
— by Michael P. Donnelly