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June 13, 2012

Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members regarding legal issues in Virginia. He and his wife homeschooled their children. Read more >>

Probation Threat Withdrawn After HSLDA Intervenes

“I am officially placing your child’s home instruction educational status on probation.” When the John Reynolds family (name changed to protect their privacy) received this pronouncement in a letter from the Rockbridge County public school superintendent, they quickly asked HSLDA for help.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff reviewed their daughter’s test scores. He found that although three of her nine subtest scores were in the third stanine, the other subtest scores were much higher. The composite score was solidly within the 4th stanine.

Virginia law is not concerned with subtest scores: only the composite matters. And a composite score in or above the fourth stanine (23rd percentile) is adequate.

Woodruff wrote a letter to the superintendent explaining his error. The superintendent acknowledged his mistake and sent a letter of correction.