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March 20, 2012

Schools Give Wrong Advice on Testing

Although South Dakota homeschool law is very simple and allows parents to choose from any nationally standardized achievement test for their 2nd-, 4th-, 8th- or 11th-grade student, school systems struggle to give correct information to homeschool families.

Hamlin School District 28-3 erroneously told families they could only use a test the South Dakota Department of Education had approved. The district told families incorrectly that they must tell the district which test they plan to use. HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff wrote and asked the district to send a letter of correction.

Tea Area School District 41-5 erroneously told families they are required to use the Stanford Achievement Test. The district told families they should submit completed tests to the district by April 20. South Dakota law does not set a deadline for submitting test results. Woodruff wrote and asked the district to send a letter of correction.

South Dakota Christian Home Educators (SDCHE) is working with another family because a misinformed teacher in the Douglas School District told them they must get their test from the school district.

If your school district sends inaccurate testing information, let HSLDA or SDCHE know right away.