From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


1/12/2006 12:38:21 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA--Breakthrough on PSAT and AP in Virginia Beach

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

After a major effort by the Home School Legal Defense Association and
other homeschool families and organizations, Virginia Beach is taking
steps to open up AP tests and the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) test to
homeschool families.

Last fall, Virginia Beach shut its doors to homeschool students who
wanted to take the PSAT. Homeschoolers were shocked, since the
legislature had just passed a law requiring school boards to open
these tests to homeschool students. Families were left scrambling to
find private schools that were willing and able to accommodate them.

The ensuing reaction was not enough to correct the problem before the
October administration of the PSAT, but school system officials
listened. As a result, processes were put in motion to end the unjust
exclusion of homeschool students.

We recently received word that school system administrative personnel
are currently working to establish times, dates and locations for
homeschool students to take the AP tests this spring and the PSAT next
October. We are cautiously optimistic that Virginia Beach families
won't have to scramble again.

AP and PSAT tests are important to homeschoolers. Many universities
award 3 college credit hours, or at least credit toward satisfying
their subject area requirements, to a matriculating student who scores
a 3, 4 or 5 (depending on the university) on an AP test. Because the
32 AP tests are uniform nationwide, they are highly credible additions
to a homeschooler's high school transcript. Usually students take a
course oriented toward the AP test (an AP course) in preparation for
the AP test, although this is not required.

While PSAT scores are never sent to colleges, some colleges offer very
generous scholarships to students who achieve the required score and
are named National Merit Finalists (about the top 1.5%).

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