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Correspondence-Based Portfolio Review

What began as a complaint may turn into a benefit. When a Home School Legal Defense Association family in Prince George’s County was asked to fill out a Request for Portfolio Review form, HSLDA attorney Scott Woodruff advised the family that no such form was required by law. The portfolio review is required, but a specific request form is not.

Woodruff then contacted Prince George’s County Home School Coordinator Cyn Hadnott, and they collaborated on a new form allowing a portfolio review by correspondence. Families simply send in selected samples of work attached to the form. When used properly, this correspondence-based portfolio review would avoid the time and expense of face-to-face portfolio reviews, while still giving the county insight into each child’s academic progress.

Ms. Hadnott intends to use this form for the fall review process. Home schoolers who operate under umbrella schools, however, do not have to submit any sort of portfolio review to any county authority.

Legal Errors in Q & A

Many HSLDA members have complained about a Prince George’s County School System publication containing answers to frequently asked questions. Apparently, it is being sent to all new home schoolers in the district. Among the document’s many legal errors is a statement that a new assurance of consent must be filed every year and a suggestion that each student should have a desk. HSLDA will be contacting the school system to ask that the publication be revised to provide accurate legal information.