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7/28/2008 3:38:58 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia: Reminder---Evaluations Due to Superintendent by August 1

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July 28, 2008

Virginia: Reminder--Evaluations Due to Superintendent by August 1

Dear HSLDA Members,

This is a reminder to Virginia families homeschooling under the home
instruction statute to submit an evaluation by August 1.

According to Virginia law, a parent who provided home instruction last
school year under Va. Code Ann. sec. 22.1-254.1 must provide an annual
evaluation for each child who was 6 or older by last September 30.
Parents can choose one of the following:

1. Results of any nationally standardized achievement test showing the
child attained a composite score in or above the fourth stanine (i.e.,
23rd percentile).

2. An evaluation letter from a person licensed to teach in any state,
or a person with a master's degree or higher in an academic
discipline, having knowledge of the child's academic progress, stating
that the child is achieving an adequate level of educational growth
and progress.

3. A report card or transcript from a community college or college,
college distance learning program, or home-education correspondence
school.

4. Another type of evaluation or assessment which the division
superintendent determines to indicate that the child is achieving an
adequate level of educational growth and progress. If you plan to
submit an assessment under test option 4, it is strongly recommended
that you discuss this with the school system early in the school year.

If you have not already done so, we encourage you to submit your
evaluation by August 1.

If you have decided to homeschool as a result of God's calling for
your family, you may qualify for a religious exemption from all of
Virginia's compulsory attendance requirements, including the year-end
assessment. If you are interested in homeschooling under this option,
or if you have any questions about your year-end assessment, contact
Peter LaRock at (540) 338-5600.

Thank you for your support of homeschooling in Virginia!

Very truly yours,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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