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October 22, 2007

Waukee Corrects Letter

Home School Legal Defense Association member Judy Waycaster received a letter from the Director of Teaching and Learning at Waukee Community Schools asking the family to state what form of year-end assessment they planned on using. This did not seem right to Judy, so she got in touch with HSLDA.

HSLDA attorney Scott Woodruff examined the letter and determined that the school system had indeed overstepped its bounds. Woodruff called the director and explained that homeschool families are not required to give advance notice of the type of year-end assessment they plan to use, and followed up with an email. She said she would look into it.

The director submitted the letter to the school system’s attorney, along with Woodruff’s comments. The attorney agreed that a change was called for.

Waukee’s letter has now been revised to make it clear that families are not required to state in advance which form of year-end assessment they plan to use—unless they want their testing done through the school system.