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4/7/2006 12:36:42 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Arkansas--Possible Problems with Mandatory Testing

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April 7, 2006

Arkansas--Possible Problems with Mandatory Testing

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

We have recently been made aware of some confusion regarding the
state-mandated testing of homeschooled students, scheduled to begin
Monday, April 10, 2006. Due to administrative difficulties, many
homeschooling families have received no notice of the testing dates
and locations while other families have been incorrectly informed of
the date, location, and time of the test.

After consulting with the Arkansas Department of Education and the
Education Alliance, we have been asked to make our members aware of
the following notice from the Arkansas Homeschool Testing Information
website:

"Many of you have indicated that you have not received the 2nd mailing
and are concerned about the test. You should go ahead and show up at
the site you selected. Each STATE SPONSORED site will have SOME extra
tests for each grade and those will be given on a first come first
serve basis. The Test Coordinator at each site will help you."

If you have received notification of your child's testing date,
location, and time, please visit http://www.afsc.k12.ar.us/homeschool/
to see if there are any posted changes.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Please call your Test Coordinator immediately and confirm the date,
location, and time of the test. Ensure that your students are present
for the test on the correct date, location, and time. If you encounter
any difficulties with the testing once you arrive or if there are an
inadequate number of tests for your students, please cooperate with
the Test Coordinator at that location to ensure that your difficulties
are properly reported.

2. If you do encounter any difficulties please also ensure that you
contact Melissa at the Education Alliance as soon as possible at (501)
375-7000. The Education Alliance is coordinating with the Department
of Education to report testing difficulties of homeschool students.

3. Please forward this information to every homeschooling family you
know who is not a member of HSLDA or who does not have Internet access
and urge them confirm the testing date, time, and location with their
testing coordinator. Also urge them to contact the Education Alliance
if they encounter difficulties with the testing schedule or test
availability.

Sincerely,

Darren A. Jones
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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