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September 22, 2017

Below Average? You Can’t Homeschool

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SCOTT WOODRUFF
Contact attorney for Virginia

After submitting year-end standardized test results showing her daughter scored at the 83rd percentile overall, a Hanover County homeschool mom was shocked to get a letter from the public school system announcing that because her daughter’s math score was “below average and did not meet the state requirements,” she could not continue homeschooling the child unless they approved a remediation plan.

After this HSLDA member sought our help, I wrote a letter to the public school representative. I explained that under state law, scores on individual subtests or subjects simply don’t matter. Only the overall or composite score matters—and this student’s overall score was excellent.

Soon thereafter the representative sent the family the form letter the school system typically sends to acknowledge receipt of acceptable test scores.