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January 6, 2012

LEA Adds Testing for Homeschoolers

Home School Legal Defense Association has thwarted a local education agency’s attempt to impose unauthorized state testing on homeschool students.

An HSLDA member family in Morristown received a letter from the Hamblen County Department of Education advising them that their son in the eighth grade was scheduled to take the Writing Assessment Test in February. In response, HSLDA Senior Counsel Dewitt Black sent a letter to the school official and told her that state law requires standardized testing for this student only in grades 5, 7, and 9. Black said that because of this, the family respectfully declined to participate in any additional testing at the public school.

State testing of homeschool students is only required when the family elects to provide notice of homeschooling to the local director of schools under subsection (b) of Section 49-6-3050 of Tennessee Code Annotated. The law requires no such testing for students who are receiving home instruction while enrolled in a church-related school.