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5/26/2005 5:02:22 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--James City Testing Error

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May 26, 2005


Virginia--James City Testing Error


Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Earlier this year the Assistant Superintendent of Academic Services
for Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools sent a letter dated
February 23, 2005, to homeschoolers in the county. His letter said:

"...We have arranged for your child(ren) to be tested during the week
of June 21, 2005... I am enclosing a Testing Response Form for you to
complete and return..."

He then sent a follow up letter a few weeks later to families who did
not respond to the first letter. The follow-up letter stated:

"All testing response forms need to be returned to my office by April
30, 2005. However, we have not received your form. It is vital that we
receive this information back..."

These presumptuous letters were sent even to the many families who
never asked the school system to make testing arrangements. Virginia
law gives you wide latitude in your year end assessment. You are not
required to have testing done through the public schools and you are
not required to send the form back. Families who do not wish to test
through the public schools should disregard the letters.

The February 23 letter also said:

"...The statute allows you to have your children tested privately,
providing the test used is the same achievement test which has been
approved by the State Board of Education for use in the public
school."

This is misleading. Testing option 2 under the homeschool law allows
families to submit any test or assessment that shows an adequate level
of educational growth and progress.

If you accepted the offer to test in the public school, but have
decided you would rather test privately, there is no need to go
through with public school testing. Simply call the school district as
soon as possible and tell them that you have decided to test
privately.

We called the Assistant Superintendent and discussed the letters. He
acknowledged that families are under no duty to respond.


Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney
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