Originally Sent: 4/30/2014

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Another Test Letter Blooper in Williamsburg-James City County

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Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members with legal issues in your state. He and his wife homeschooled their children.

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The availability of free year-end testing through the public schools is an appreciated “perk” where it is available, but Williamsburg-James City County public schools have had some difficulty recently handling this issue without making incorrect statements about the law.

The school system sent a letter to homeschool families on April 14 that contained many errors. A follow-up letter April 22 corrected many problems, but one error remained. The letter said, “Please use the Revised Home School Testing Response Form … to declare your decision about how your children will be tested.”

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott A. Woodruff spoke with the author of the letter. He expressed appreciation for the items on the first letter that were corrected. Then he pointed out that the April 22 letter was still problematic because it would make families feel as if they were obligated to respond and declare in advance how they intended to fulfill the year-end assessment requirement. The law does not require this.

He explained that the school should not pressure families at all who do not wish to take advantage of free testing.

The author of the letter agreed and said she would make changes in line with Woodruff’s comments before the letter is sent out again next year. And for now, families should feel free to discard the letter with no further response if they do not wish to participate in the school’s free testing.


Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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