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2/15/2008 4:07:51 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Calls Needed Immediately to Expand Year-End Assessment Options

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Virginia--Calls Needed Immediately
to Expand Year-End Assessment Options

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The battle for additional year-end assessment options has moved to the
Senate! Del. Scott Lingamfelter's H.B. 1183, creating three new
assessment options, will have a hearing on Monday, and calls are
needed quickly.

H.B. 1183 will solve problems families in many areas have faced with
superintendents arbitrarily rejecting adequate year-end assessments.
The bill creates sensible new options that many families will
welcome--options already available in other states.

The hearing is before the Senate Education and Health Subcommittee on
Public Education

ACTION REQUESTED

This afternoon, or Monday morning, please call the senators listed
below if you live in their district. Use our legislative toolbox at
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox to see who your senator is.

Your message can be as simple as "Please support H.B. 1183. It will
give families more year-end options, reduce arbitrary and inconsistent
local actions, and help the children who can best show their progress
some way other than a standardized test."

Committee members:

Senator Harry B. Blevins (Chair)
(804) 698-7514

Senator Janet D. Howell
(804) 698-7532

Senator Frank M. Ruff
(804) 698-7515

Senator Mamie Locke
(804) 698-7502

Senator John C. Miller
(804) 698-7501

BACKGROUND
Last year we saw a dramatic surge in unreasonable rejections of
perfectly good assessments. Assessments with basically identical
essential content that had been accepted previously were being
rejected. New demands were being made. There was tremendous
uncertainty because superintendents kept changing the rules.

Unfortunately, Virginia law currently gives only one clear option: a
standardized test--but standardized tests are not the best way for
some children to show their progress. Many other states give families
several clear choices, providing much-needed flexibility.

H.B. 1183 would give three new options:

1. A letter from a person licensed to teach in any state, or a person
with a master's degree in an academic field, establishing that the
child is achieving an adequate level of educational growth and
progress;

2. A portfolio containing a sample of the child's work from each
quarter in math and language arts that demonstrates the child is
achieving an adequate level of educational growth and progress;

3. A report card or transcript from a college, community college, or
college distance learning program, or home education correspondence
school establishing that the child is achieving an adequate level of
educational growth and progress;

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely Yours,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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