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March 2, 2006

Loudoun County Apologizes for Error

Homeschoolers across Loudoun County were surprised to receive a letter from the Pupil Services Coordinator that asked for more information than required under Virginia law. The letter notified families of the option to use the public school for end-of-the-year testing.

However, it also required families to notify the Pupil Services Coordinator if they were going to use an end-of-the-year evaluation option other than testing through the public school, the Stanford 10 Achievement Test, or the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.

HSLDA called the Pupil Services Coordinator. We advised her that she had no authority under Virginia law to require families to notify her if they were using an end-of-the-year evaluation method that was not on her list. Families can send in the end-of-the-year evaluation of their choice by the August 1 deadline.

The Pupil Services Coordinator was very apologetic for her mistake, and corrected her form letter while on the phone with HSLDA. She promised that she would not require families to contact the school district before they submitted an alternative end-of-the-year assessment.