The Home School Court Report
No. 4

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South Winneshiek Drops ITED Demand

“Every student in our district needs to take the Iowa Tests of Educational Development” (ITED). This was the demand that the South Winneshiek Community School District principal sent to homeschooling parents Robert and Wendy Jensen (names changed to protect privacy). Unsure about whether this was required by state law, the Jensens contacted Home School Legal Defense Association.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff called the principal. Since the Jensen family used the supervising teacher option, Woodruff explained, they were not required to file any sort of year-end assessment at all. He pointed out that even families who do not use a supervising teacher have a wide range of assessments from which they can choose—they are not obligated to use the ITED.

The principal quickly acknowledged that Woodruff was correct. She explained that this was her first year as principal, and since she had only worked with two homeschooling families in her area, she had not had the opportunity to become familiar with the homeschool laws. She readily agreed to send a follow-up letter of correction to the families who had received the ITED demand.

— by Scott A. Woodruff