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March 15, 2010

South Winneshiek Drops ITED Demand

“Every student in our district needs to take the Iowa Tests of Educational Development.” (ITED) This was the demand that the South Winneshiek Community School District principal sent personally to homeschool family Robert and Wendy Jensen (name changed to protect their privacy). This struck them as wrong, so they contacted HSLDA for help.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff called the principal. He explained that since the Jensen family used the supervising teacher option, they were not required to file any sort of year-end assessment at all. He also explained that even families who do not use a supervising teacher have a wide range of assessments from which they can choose—they are not obligated to use the ITED.

She quickly acknowledged that Woodruff was correct. She explained that this was her first year as principal, and since she had only worked with two homeschool families in her area, she had not had the opportunity to become familiar with homeschool laws.

Woodruff asked her to send a follow-up letter of correction to the families who had received the ITED demand. She readily agreed.