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September 18, 2003

Loudoun County Reverses Probation

The Loudoun County school system notified a member family in late August that their son, Zach (not real name), would be on probation because his test scores fell below the 4th stanine. They told the family they would need to file a remedial plan, and they would have to stop homeschooling if acceptable progress was not shown by next year.

This is news no home school family wants to hear.

Because they were members of HSLDA, they promptly called for assistance. Upon examing the test results, it became clear that the school system had erroneously focused only on the "total math" score, which was in fact below the 4th stanine.

The composite score, however, was at the 4th stanine because of higher reading and language scores. A family can be placed on probation only if the composite score is below the 4th stanine.

Upon calling this to their attention, school officials promptly recognized their error and withdrew the threat of probation.