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Subject: How much accountability does your state require?
Date Posted: 8/22/2007 2:07 PM ET
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Where do you live, and what are the basic home school rules?

I am in Colorado...

1. If you are not using a virtual academy or are enrolled in an umbrella school, you must:

2. Write a notice of intent to homeschool letter stating how many hours per day (4) and how many days per year (is it 180?) you are going to do school.

3. Either participate in standardized testing as per the public school, or submit to a professional evaluation.

4. Teach certain subjects...Colorado history is one of them. I don't remember them all...

What are your rules?

Date Posted: 8/22/2007 2:15 PM ET
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I live in MO and the only rules we have is that you must school 1000 hours (600 core and 400 non-core) and keep some sort of record of school.  This can be a portfolio, wrtten record, charting, etc...they don't care as long as it's in place.  But we don't have to show anything to anyone unless we're audited.  But if we are audited and we don't have that stuff in place, it could mean child removal and court intervention.  :( 

I like living in MO for this reason:  They require records, but don't inspect them.  The requirement helps me be more organized and makes me motivated to do school and keep track of it...but I'm not so scared of someone inspecting me that I freak out when we miss a couple days of school...or we get sick and my records get out of control for a month!  LOL

Date Posted: 8/22/2007 4:22 PM ET
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I was in Kansas and now in Illinois and both are two of the easiest states to HS in.  Both consider HS's as private schools.  Kansas asks for registration (school name & address) to the State Board of Education, but not all people do it and there's no follow up.  In KS you are to be "substantially equivalent to" 186 days or 1116 hours (6hrs/day).  They never check.  I keep records anyway.  In KS, we more than reached that hours requirement.  In IL, we just have to teach in English, and teach these subjects:  Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, Fine Arts, Physical Education, Physical Science, and Health.  Again, no one checks.\

I'm a datahead and so is DH and DS.  So we keep grades (my son loves to get grades) and attendance records anyway.

Date Posted: 8/22/2007 5:29 PM ET
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I keep records of everything, all our work, a portfolio of our best work samples, attendace sheets, curriculum planner, and more.

Date Posted: 8/22/2007 5:31 PM ET
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the only thing we have to do here in Wyoming is fill out their letter of intent each year.

Date Posted: 8/22/2007 6:40 PM ET
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In Georgia, we have to turn a letter of intent into the board of education the beginning of the school year and a monthly attendance record every month.  We have to participate in standardized testing every three years beginning in the third grade, though the scores do not have to be turned into the state.  We are required to do 180 days at 4 1/2 hours per day.  That's pretty much it. 

Date Posted: 8/22/2007 8:02 PM ET
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We are in IL and there are no reporting requirements!  Woo Hoo!  And because my son is in Kindergarten this year we don't even have to write a letter to the school or anything.  K isn't a mandatory grade, so we just called the school and said "He isn't coming... can we have our registration money back?"  (He was registered to start, then we changed our minds due to problems in the district.)

 

Edie

Date Posted: 8/22/2007 9:15 PM ET
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You have to pay to register your child for kindergarten?

Date Posted: 8/22/2007 10:23 PM ET
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Shannon, it's the same way here...at least for the full day kindergarten. It costs money since it is not a regulated, required grade level.

Date Posted: 8/22/2007 10:28 PM ET
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I live in Texas. We are required by the state to have a written math and English curriculum as well as a civics class of some sort. I am saddened to hear that so many have to submit their intent to the school board. Does the school board have to submit its letter of intent to all the parents in the district? It just seems a bit backwards to me. What do ya'll think?

Date Posted: 8/23/2007 12:35 AM ET
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I'm in PA.  We have to:

1.  File a notarized affidavit of intent and compliance with the school district (also stating no felons live here, I have my diploma/ged, I've never been convicted of any crimes which would prevent me from working with kids or any felony), with

2. attached letter from medical personnel stating that child has had a physical, a TB test, is current with immunizations, has had vision, dental and hearing screenings, and

3. an outline of Educational Objectives, all submitted by Aug 1st.

4. We must keep a reading log (kept as we go, not done at the end of the year) of all books and other media used.

5. We are required to keep an attendance log that shows either 180 days or 900 hours at elementary level (180 days/990 hours at secondary).

6. Standardized testing is done in grades 3, 5, and 8.

7. We have to prepare a portfolio ( samples of student's work showing reasonable progress)  and have it evaluated by a PA certified teacher who has at least 2 yrs experience teaching at that grade level, or a private school teacher who has 10 years experience teaching at the grade level, or a specially approved psychologist or other individual (approved by the school district). 

8.  no's 4-7 must be submitted to the school district by June 30th each year.

This is for a child who does not have an IEP.  There is more to do for that.

Required subjects are Language Arts, Science, Math, World, US and PA history, the Arts and Music, Fire Safety, Health, Geography and a few others depending on grade level.



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Date Posted: 8/23/2007 12:43 AM ET
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I live in Nevada and we have to:

1.  File a Notice of Intent to Homeschool each year.

2.  Submit an educational plan.

That's it!  :)

Date Posted: 8/23/2007 1:09 AM ET
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Wow, Cindy! Am I ever thankful that the Army won't send us to PA!

Date Posted: 8/23/2007 2:24 AM ET
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Oklahoma -none

Date Posted: 8/23/2007 8:55 AM ET
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Yeah, PA is highly regulated.  But I'm luckily in a School district that isn't actively anti-homeschooling.   

Date Posted: 8/23/2007 1:45 PM ET
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WOW!  Remind me never to move to PA!  I guess it isn't hard if you are used to it, but for those of us who don't have to do much, that seems like ALOT!

Date Posted: 8/23/2007 1:52 PM ET
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Are there any Texans hanging around? There is always a big possibility of being stationed in Texas for us. I heard that Texas is another very easy state to home school. Can anyone confirm or deny that?

Date Posted: 8/24/2007 10:39 AM ET
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Texas is very simple.  Homeschooling is considered a private school.  No compulsory attendance time, no testing, no need to notify anyone (although it is not a bad idea if you are are taking a child out of school, to tell the school).  You must make a "good faith" effort to educate your child, and you are to use or formulate a curriculum (from any source) with the basic educational goals of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and good citizenship.  They don't really do any checking,  although if good evidence is submitted that you are NOT actually schooling in some manner an evaluation may be requested.

As an army family, I would suggest continuing to keep good records, for when you move out of Texas.



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Date Posted: 8/24/2007 1:15 PM ET
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Elizabeth,

As an Army family, you're right. We never know how long we'll be in one place (although this Colorado thing seems to be sticking..we've been here for 3 years and we'll be here for at least 2 more!). I voluntarily keep:

  • daily attendace hours
  • yearly school calander
  • daily planner
  • weekly goals
  • long and short term goals
  • self-evaluations (words read aloud per minute, math drills)
  • a portfolio of our work
  • reading list
  • supplies list
  • everything we do
  • pictures
  • videos
  • a scrapbook
  • I named our school

JUST in case we move 1/2 way through a school year, I don't want to find myself scrambling for records. Also, I have a small fear of some kind of authority knocking at the door and me not being prepared. For that reason I am considering an umbrella school as well. The Christian Home Educators of Colorado offers an umbrella school at the unheard-of rate of $50 per year.

Date Posted: 8/27/2007 8:53 AM ET
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We are in Louisiana. There are two options, the one I use is to be a "private school".  We send a letter of intent to the state, do 180 days a year.  The state will send you an approved letter which I carry to get the homeschool discounts.  We moved from MO and I've very detailed but hated keeping track of hours.  180 is easier to count to than 1000 :)

Date Posted: 8/27/2007 12:03 PM ET
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sorry..I don't know what happened  :-(

 



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