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August 28, 2006

Culpeper Retracts Remediation Request

All four of the Maguras’ children scored high enough on their standardized test scores to come within the legal requirement. This member family was surprised, therefore, to receive a letter from the Culpeper County public school Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction requesting a remediation plan in mathematics for one of their children. The family called Home School Legal Defense Association for assistance.

HSLDA staff attorney Scott Woodruff spoke to the assistant superintendent. Woodruff explained that a composite score at or above the 23rd percentile satisfies the law, even if an individual subtest score is below the 23rd percentile. In the case of this child, however, both her mathematics subtest score and her composite score were above the 23rd percentile. There was simply no justification for asking the family for a remediation plan.

When Woodruff finished explaining this, the assistant superintendent promptly apologized and expressed a sincere desire to stay within the bounds of the law. He said he would follow up with the family and assure them that no remediation plan was necessary.