Home School Heartbeat in Maryland
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Trouble in Anne Arundel County
A Home School Legal Defense Association family recently contacted our office regarding portfolio review practices in Anne Arundel County. A review of the countys forms discloses that the countys evaluation extends beyond those areas of instruction it is permitted to evaluate under law. Maryland regulations allow a portfolio review with regard to the following subjects: English, mathematics, science, social studies, art, music, health, and physical education. In addition to these eight, Anne Arundel County appears to demand portfolio evidence with regard to some or all of the following subjects: computer science, library skills, home economics, technology education, and foreign language. Maryland home schoolers have no obligation to present any evidence of instruction except for the eight subjects specified by regulation.
No Yearly Update Needed
Baltimore County is distributing a form entitled Home Instruction Yearly Update Form. It asks for considerable personal information and asks permission to release directory information to the public. A similar form is being distributed by Worcester County. There is no law requiring any response to these intrusive requests. HSLDA advises home schoolers to ignore such forms.