Testing a Kindergartener

Q. My kindergartner will be six this May. Does he need to be tested? I’m confused about what is meant by the phrase “the school year” in Virginia homeschool statute. Does it mean this school year or next school year? …

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Testing with a Local School

Q. When I filed my Notice of Intent, the school district offered to test my child in the spring with the Iowa test. They said not many homeschoolers use this free service. Is there a reason? A. A few school…

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Testing and the Composite Score

Q. When testing, do you administer all or part of the standardized achievement test? A. The Virginia homeschool statute, § 22.1-254.1 (C), requires a composite score in or above the 4th stanine on a standardized achievement test. A composite score…

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Testing If Behind in One Subject

Q. My two elementary-age children did not do well in math, so I put them back one grade level in math when we began homeschooling in  September. They are doing well in other subjects. Do I have to test them…

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Ordering License Plates

Q. How can I get an “Education Begins at Home” license plate? I’m so encouraged when I see them on cars! A. Since 2005 when HEAV initiated legislation in Virginia to create the first homeschool license plate in the nation—“Education…

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The Importance of a Diploma

Q. Why is it important to issue a homeschool diploma? A. A diploma represents the completion of a course of study that has been prepared for your student’s education. In the case of most homeschooled students, parents set the requirements…

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Military Requirements for Homeschool Enlistment

Q. Can homeschool graduates enlist in the military? I understand it is sometimes difficult. A. Occasionally, homeschoolers have problems enlisting, not because of discriminatory policies, but because some military recruiters are not familiar with Armed Forces homeschool policy. If this…

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Testing Special Needs

Q. I have a child who is struggling to learn. I may need to have him tested, but I don’t know where to begin. Can you help? A. I know this can be a challenging situation for you and for…

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When To Test

Q. When should homeschoolers test? A. If you decide to use a standardized achievement test, the law requires you to provide a composite test score in or above the fourth stanine (23 percentile) by August 1 each year (§22.1-254.1 (C)….

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Immunization Not a Requirement to Homeschool

Q. Is immunization part of the homeschool law? A. No, immunization is not part of the homeschool statute (§22.1-254.1) and is not a requirement for homeschooling. Although §22.1-271.4 describes the health requirements for homeschooled and exempted children, the two laws…

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Dual Enrollment and Scholarships

Q. If a homeschool student takes dual enrollment classes at a community college, could this impact freshman scholarship opportunities? A. According to Lee Andes, assistant director of financial aid with the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV), there is not…

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What Should My Child Know?

Q. Where can I find information about what my child should be learning at his grade level? I’m concerned that he might not be prepared for the end-of-year test. A. There are several ways to find out what your child…

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Deadline to Begin

Q. Can I begin homeschooling now? A. Yes, you can begin homeschooling after the school year has begun! You may begin after the August 15th deadline if you have recently moved into a school division or if you decide to…

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Federal Legislation and Homeschoolers

Q. Will the new federal law that reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) affect homeschoolers? A. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965* (ESEA) must be reauthorized every 15 years. You’re probably familiar with the…

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General Assembly Page Program

Q. Can homeschool students apply for the General Assembly page program? A. Yes, homeschool students can apply online for the General Assembly page program if they meet the same requirements as public or private school students. Several homeschoolers have had…

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Homeschooling with a GED

Q. How can I homeschool since I do not have a high school diploma, but a GED? A. Regrettably, a GED is not accepted as a high school diploma for home instruction.* There are two ways a parent who does…

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NOI Denied Without Test Scores

Q. We homeschooled last year but didn’t test because my teen wanted to go to public school this year. After eight weeks, I took him out and filed a NOI to begin homeschooling, but the superintendent denied my NOI because…

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Homeschool Diploma Rejected on NOI

Q. I’m a second generation homeschool parent. My homeschool diploma was rejected as evidence of a high school diploma on my Notice of Intent. What should I do? A. I am sorry for the complications you have encountered regarding your…

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Response Letter

Q. I received a Notice of Intent response letter from my superintendent stating that my child must be tested in the spring and results sent by August 1. My child is a five-year-old kindergartener. Is this correct and what should…

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Stopped Homeschooling – What To Do

Q. I filed a Notice of Intent (NOI) a few weeks ago, but have since enrolled my children in private school. What should I do about the NOI? A. Although the law does not require you to notify the superintendent…

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Special-Needs Services

Q. Can my homeschooled child who has an IEP still be involved in special classes at his former school? A. Public schools provide special needs services for students who are enrolled full-time in their schools; therefore, homeschoolers do not qualify….

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2015 PSAT Information Update

The PSAT® is scheduled for Wednesday, October 14, 2015. A homeschooler must register for the PSAT® at the local public high school in the school district in which he resides or at another school close by. Some larger private schools also provide…

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Moving to a New County

Q. Although we provided test results and then notified that we were moving to another county, our previous superintendent has requested a copy of the “approval” letter from the new superintendent in order to confirm my child is being homeschooled….

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Certified Tutor – Names and Birth Dates

Q. After acknowledging receipt of my certified tutor letter, the superintendent asked for my children’s birth dates and said he expected yearly notification. Is this correct? A. If you complied with §22.1-254(A) by writing a letter and including a copy…

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NOI Contact Information

Q. After receiving my Notice of Intent, the superintendent’s office is asking me to provide phone and email contact information. Is this required? A. The homeschool statute, §22.1-254.1, does not require a parent to provide personal contact information in order…

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Religious Exemption and Services

Q. Is speech therapy available for religiously exempt homeschoolers? A. A limited number of special-need services—usually speech and occupational (OT) therapy–should be available as an outreach to all students (homeschool and private school students) in the community through state and…

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Grandparent Homeschooling Grandchild

Q. Can a grandparent homeschool his or her grandchild? A. Although Virginia law does not specifically address this question, under the right circumstances, the law does permit a grandparent to homeschool a grandchild. If the parents comply with the homeschool…

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Diploma Lost

Q. I’m about to send in my Notice of Intent, but I can’t find my diploma. Should I use option (iv) on the NOI? A. You can, but you have another option. Contact your high school or college and ask…

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Test Scores Lost or Late

Q. What happens if a parent fails to send in test scores or sends them in late? A. If a parent does not provide test results or an evaluation letter—or if a parent sends test results after the August 1…

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