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November 27, 2013

Student Removed from Probation


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

An HSLDA member in Staunton submitted test results for her young daughter showing excellent scores in five areas but a 19th percentile score in language expression. The Augusta County Public Schools director of testing put the little girl on probation. The family asked HSLDA for help.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff wrote the director of testing on August 8 and told her that it was inappropriate to ignore the child’s five excellent scores in other subjects and put her on probation for the one low score in language expression. He explained that Virginia law only requires that the student’s composite score—similar to an average—be at the 23rd percentile or higher. And he pointed out that the average of all her scores was the 79th percentile. (The test report did not list a composite score.)

Woodruff challenged the director to either retract the probation threat or explain the rational basis for treating one low subject score as if it accurately represented the student’s entire performance.

After numerous requests for a response, the director finally retracted the child’s probation on November 22.

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