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3/9/2011 2:38:14 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
South Dakota--School Approval of Test Choice Not Required

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South Dakota--School Approval of Test Choice Not Required

Dear HSLDA Members:

A number of school districts have recently sent letters to families
saying that either they must notify the school of the test they are
going to use, or that they must get school approval if they plan to
use any test other than the SAT 10.

This is not correct.

The law is very clear that when testing is required (grades 2, 4, 8
and 11), parents can choose any nationally standardized test: "The
test may be ... another nationally standardized achievement test
chosen by and provided at the expense of the child's parent ..." South
Dakota Codified Laws sec.13-27-3, second paragraph.

We believe school districts are sending out these letters because of a
memo they received from the state Department of Education. I have
sent a letter asking the author of the state memo to send a follow-up
correction to school districts.

If you receive a letter from your school district about testing that
is not a form letter, call us for guidance. But if it's a form
letter, families in most situations should feel comfortable ignoring
it, unless you wish to participate in your school district's test
administration.

Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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