From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


4/11/2007 9:15:58 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Finishing First Full Year under Expanded Assessment Options

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Virginia--Finishing First Full Year under Expanded Assessment Options

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

As a result of legislation drafted and backed by Home School Legal
Defense Association and other homeschool organizations, your year-end
assessment options have increased. These changes went into effect July
1, 2006. We are now approaching the end of the first full year under
the new laws.

Assessment Option 1 (AO1) has been improved by allowing you to use any
nationally-normed standardized achievement test. You do not need to
get prior approval from your school district. The district has no
power over the manner in which the test is administered to your
student, so long as it is done in compliance with the protocols of the
test publisher. Under AO1, a composite score of 23rd percentile (4th
stanine) or higher is automatically a passing score.

Assessment Option 2 (AO2) has been improved by removing the power of a
superintendent to use unfettered "judgment." Now he must be objective
and consistent; he must make a "determination." Many different types
of assessments can be submitted under AO2. The key is whether the
assessment objectively shows an "adequate level of educational growth
and progress." For example, any of the following might be used to
demonstrate adequate progress under AO2 under appropriate

1. A test score from a test that is not nationally-normed or
2. A nationally-normed standardized achievement test with a score
below the 23rd percentile (but which shows adequate progress since the
previous year).
3. A portfolio accompanied by an assessment of the portfolio that
documents adequate progress.
4. Report cards from certain schools or organizations.
5. A written assessment prepared by someone with expertise in the
field (certified teacher, person with a graduate degree in certain
areas, etc.)

Please call us if you have a question about whether such "appropriate
circumstances" are present in your situation.

Although we are now approaching the first full year under the changes,
some school districts are not up to speed. HSLDA has sent many letters
to school districts correcting errors in information they sent to
homeschool families. Be aware that your school district may give you
incorrect advice.

As before, you do not need to submit a year-end assessment if your
child was not 6 years old or older on September 30. Families who
filed a notice of intent must submit their assessment by August 1.

Thank you for your continued support of HSLDA. Your support allows us
to continue to protect homeschooling across the state and across the

Sincerely Yours,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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