Home School Law Improved
Arizona has seen a dramatic change to its home school law. The home school leadership in this state has been working extremely hard for several years to make changes to the home school law. This year, all their efforts have paid off and home schoolers in Arizona can now enjoy more freedom as a result.
Those contemplating home education no longer have to pass a proficiency exam (ATPE) in order to teach their children at home. This provision has been stricken from the law. One must only be the “parent” in order to teach their children at home.
While the affidavit of intent under the new law requires more information, parents are no longer required to notify annually.
Another major improvement to the home school law was the complete revision to the academic assessment provisions of the law. Families now have the option to choose their form of academic assessment form: (1) a nationally-normed standardized achievement test administered through the public school; or (2) a nationally-normed standardized achievement test administered by someone authorized by the publisher of the test selected by the parent; or (3) an academic evaluation conducted by a “qualified” independent evaluator selected by the parent. A further improvement is the fact that academic assessment is not required until the child reaches the age of 8, and is only required every three years thereafter.
An additional improvement is that the authority of the county superintendent to examine the test results to determine if “reasonable educational progress” is occurring has been removed from the law.
The academic progress evaluations will not be required for students who have been in a home instruction program before the effective date of this act, or who have taken a standardized test for the 1992-93 school year, until 1996.