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1/7/2010 1:36:54 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
West Virginia--WESTEST Optional For Homeschoolers

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January 7, 2010

West Virginia--WESTEST Optional For Homeschoolers

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

HSLDA was informed by the Christian Home Educators of West Virginia
(CHEWV) that the Charleston Daily Mail recently published a newspaper
article stating that homeschoolers are required to take the WESTEST, a
test offered by West Virginia Public Schools.

HSLDA would like to clarify that the WESTEST is optional for
homeschoolers. West Virginia homeschool law does require homeschoolers
to submit an annual assessment to the superintendent by June 30.
However, homeschool parents who choose to submit test results to
comply with this requirement are not required to use the WESTEST. They
may use any nationally-normed, standardized test published within the
last 10 years that covers reading, language, mathematics, science and
social studies.

The Charleston Daily Mail has recognized that the information in their
article was inaccurate; however, we wanted to ensure that you have
accurate information regarding what is required by West Virginia law.

HSLDA would like to thank CHEWV for informing us about this error.
HSLDA is working closely with CHEWV and other local organization to
advocate on behalf of homeschoolers, and we stand prepared to defend
your right to homeschool should it be challenged in the future.

Thank you for standing with us to defend freedom in West Virginia.

Sincerely,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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