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October 10, 2012

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

Mathews County Gives PSAT to Homeschooler After HSLDA Calls

Home School Legal Defense Association member J.T. asked the Mathews County schools to allow her homeschooled child to sit for the PSAT exam. But school staff told J.T. and others they would be “wait listed” until they were sure they had enough tests for their own students.

While the PSAT has no impact on college admissions, it is important because students who score in the top few percent become eligible for the National Merit Scholarship, the only widely available scholarship linked only to academic strength. Virginia law, moreover, requires schools to make the PSAT available to homeschooled students.

After J.T. called us for help, HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff spoke to the principal of Mathews High School. After a brief conversation, he acknowledged that the school’s policy was not consistent with the law. He said J.T.’s child would be allowed to take the PSAT with the other students.