A C R O S S T H E S T A T E S
Home School Legislative Committee Reaches Consensus
HSLDA has been informed by a member of the Home School Legislative Committee appointed to make recommendations regarding the issue of testing, that a favorable proposal has been adopted. The committee reached a consensus for recommendation regarding legislation as to the following provisions:
- Parents would have one year, rather than six months, to pass the ATP exam.
- The affidavit has been changed to an “affidavit of intent to home educate.”
- A parental rights statement was adopted to be included in the legislation.
- Yearly standardized testing will continue; however, superintendents will not be given authority to evaluate test results, and parents will have several options regarding testing:
- children may be tested by the county school district at no cost by use of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills;
- parents may use any recognized norm-referenced standardized achievement test, but are not limited to these two types of test; and
- parents are charged with the responsibility of seeing that tests are administered, and test results are filed with county school superintendents or any other entity such as a home school support group, private school, etc.:
- Children with verified learning disabilities are not required to be tested.
These proposals, if adopted by the legislature, will improve the present law. The Home School Legislative Committee was formed pursuant to emergency legislation in effect for the 1991–92 school year to recommend changes in the testing provisions of the home school law for the 1992 legislative term.