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Senate Bill 246 would require all homeschool students to be evaluated each year to measure satisfactory progress or growth from the previous year. Students must be evaluated via grade level standardized assessment or an annual written narrative evaluation conducted by a certified teacher or other professional approved by the school committee. In addition, a child who was absent for 10 percent or more of the school year, or the prior school year if homeschooling at the beginning of the school year, would need to submit two assessments or evaluations each year.
If enacted, Senate Bill 246 would supersede both local policies of the various school committees as well as the Thifault decision of the Commissioner that any evaluation required by the school committee must “accommodate the preferences of parents for certain mechanisms of measurement.”
The requirement that students absent 10 percent or more of the school year submit two assessments is the first of its kind. The current language casts grave doubt over the scope of this novel provision, and how it would be enforced by school officials and truancy officers against homeschooling families.
|02/15/2017||Senate||Introduced and Referred to Education Committee|
|04/07/2017||Senate||Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration 4/12/2017 at the Rise of the Senate. Room 313 - State House|
|04/12/2017||Senate||Committee recommended measure be held for further study|
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