The Home School Court Report
Vol. XXVI
No. 4
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July/August
2010

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School Demands English Assessment

Jan and Mike Kilmartin (names changed to protect privacy) adopted a child from Asia who knew very little English. They placed her in the English Language Learners (ELL) program in their local Chicago-area public school kindergarten. Soon thereafter they decided to homeschool her, and withdrew her from the program.

But the ELL teacher demanded that the Kilmartins still submit their daughter for assessment of her language skills. “The state requires me to monitor her English progress,” the teacher wrote.

The Kilmartins, who are members of Home School Legal Defense Association, contacted us for help. HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff called the ELL teacher, who said she was just following orders.

Woodruff then called the teacher’s supervisor and explained that the school had no authority to demand the English language assessment since the family did not want any services from the school system.

The supervisor agreed, and the demand was withdrawn.

— by Scott A. Woodruff