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April 6, 2011

School Systems Asks for Assessment from Non-Approved Private School

The Sawyers (name changed to protect their privacy) operate a non-approved private school (or NAPS) in the Waterboro area. Following HSLDA’s recommendations, they file an annual letter voluntarily complying with the “guidelines” for recognition as providing equivalent instruction, including sending a list of their students to the local superintendent where each student lives.

But after sending a list of students to the local superintendent recently, they were surprised when the Assistant to the Superintendent sent back a letter advising them that a year-end assessment would need to be submitted for each student. Members of HSLDA, the Sawyers contacted us for help.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff wrote a letter to the Assistant to the Superintendent. He explained that while “home instruction” students are required to submit year-end assessments, private school students are not. And the Sawyer children, as plainly stated on the letter the Sawyers filed, were private school students.

The school representative promptly apologized, corrected her error, and told the family no assessment would be due.