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by Yvonne Bunn

Assessment Evaluators

Posted on Jul 12 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Who can evaluate my child in order to comply with the law? A. The answer depends on the option you have chosen for the evaluation. If you have filed a Notice of Intent form, you have several options for showing your child’s progress by August 1 each year. You may use a standardized achievement […]

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Homeschooling Another Person’s Child

Posted on Jun 24 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I have looked at the VA laws and can not find any clear word on whether it is legal or not to homeschool someone else’s child. A. The homeschool statute is written to allow parents to teach their own children. It also refers to two other people: 1) a Virginia certified teacher (known as […]

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Testing If No Longer Homeschooling

Posted on Jun 15 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Do I still have to submit test scores if I’ve decided not to homeschool next year? A. A-The law says if you provide home instruction, you must provide either testing results or an evaluation or assessment for the previous homeschool school year by August 1. §22.2-254.1(C) states the following: The parent who elects to […]

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Testing – How to Report

Posted on Jun 9 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. How do I report the testing score to the superintendent? Do I use a form or do I write a letter to tell him the results? A. After you test your child, you will send the test booklet and score sheet to the test provider at the address listed in the test instructions. It […]

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Diploma and Additional Documentation

Posted on Jun 1 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I’ll be submitting my diploma to fulfill the required proof of eligibility to homeschool. Since my diploma has my maiden name on it, should I also send my marriage certificate to show that I am the person listed on the diploma? A. The law requires you to show evidence of how you have complied […]

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How to Report Test Results

Posted on May 29 2014 by admin

Q. How do I report the testing score to the superintendent? Do I use a form or do I write a letter to tell him the results? A. After you test your child, you will send the test booklet and score sheet to the test provider at the address listed in the test instructions. It […]

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Testing for Language Arts and Math Only

Posted on May 18 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Is there a test available that only has the language and math parts? I understand if I use a regular test, I do not have to use the other subject areas, but I feel that looks bad when we turn in our results. A. A few test publishers provide a survey version of standardized […]

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Testing Changes with the CAT

Posted on May 14 2014 by admin

Q. Is the California Achievement Test (CAT) still available for testing? A. Some test suppliers no longer carry the CAT-5 version of the California Achievement test because it is considered an old test; it was nationally normed in 1992. The CAT-5 has outdated vocabulary and pictures to which many young students cannot relate. The demand […]

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Testing If in Private School

Posted on May 5 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Should I send in test scores if my child is enrolled in a private school for her core classes, and I homeschool her for only one subject? A. You may or may not have to provide test scores, depending on what you did at the beginning of the school year. If you filed a Notice […]

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Blackout Test Results

Posted on Apr 19 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Should I black out the test results for history and science on my child’s standardized achievement test before sending in the scores to the superintendent? A. Yes, you may black out the scores if your child took the history and science portions of a standardized achievement test. However, it is not necessary for your […]

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Certified Tutor Teaching Time

Posted on Apr 15 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. If I hire a certified teacher to teach my child, what percentage of the day am I required to teach him? A.  A certified teacher (also known as a certified tutor) who has complied with the law can do ALL the instruction. The teacher should write a letter to the superintendent and include her […]

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Graduation Credits

Posted on Apr 5 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. How many credits does a homeschooler need to graduate and get into college? A. There is no specific number of credits a homeschooler must have to graduate. It is up to the parent to decide when the course of study for the student is completed. At that point, the parent will issue a completed […]

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Graduation Requirements

Posted on Mar 30 2014 by admin

Q. The Virginia graduation requirements say my teen must earn a board-approved career and technical education credential and complete one virtual course. Is this a new graduation requirement? A. Yes, this is a new requirement for public school students. However, these course requirements are NOT for homeschooled students—they are only for public school students who […]

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Jobs for Teens

Posted on Mar 26 2014 by admin

Q. Where can a 14-year-old homeschooler find a summer job? Most places will hire teens that are 16 and older, but not a teen who needs a work permit. A. You may be able to find an entry-level job for a young teen in the private business sector. Large corporations often have set policies that […]

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Curriculum Change Notification

Posted on Mar 16 2014 by admin

Q. I changed my curriculum for one subject during the school year. Should I contact the superintendent’s office to let him know that I changed a subject on the description of curriculum list I sent last August? A. The law requires a parent to provide a description of curriculum (limited to a list of subjects) […]

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Notice of Intent Recipient

Posted on Mar 11 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. When filing a Notice of Intent, should I send it to the superintendent’s office or to the person listed on the school division’s website? They are two different people. A. The Virginia homeschool statue requires parents to “notify the division superintendent” of their intention to homeschool their child. Because of the number of homeschoolers, […]

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Last Date to Test

Posted on Mar 4 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. What is the latest I should test? I want to make sure we finish all the material before testing.   A. I would suggest completing end-of-year tests no later than June. Once the test is mailed, you have no control over the mail service or the time it will take for the testing company […]

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SAT vs. Achievement Test

Posted on Feb 23 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Does a high school junior who has taken the SAT have to take the end of year test? I read it could replace the test for a senior. A. The SAT is not the same as a standardized achievement test. The Virginia homeschool statute (§22.1-254.1(C)) requires “evidence that the child has attained a composite […]

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SAT® and ACT® Test Difference

Posted on Feb 19 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. What’s the difference between the SAT® and ACT® tests for college entrance? A. Both the SAT® (Scholastic Aptitude Test) exam and the ACT® (American College Testing) exam measure college readiness. A high school student who is planning to enter a four-year college as a freshman usually takes either the SAT® exam or the ACT® […]

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Motivating Teens

Posted on Feb 9 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. How can I keep my homeschool teen motivated? A. Teens–both boys and girls—are motivated by the things they are interested in doing. Think about what your teen likes to do in his spare time. What he’s interested in doing is usually what he’s good at doing. Try to incorporate a study of his interests […]

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AP Courses on Transcripts

Posted on Jan 26 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. If I use an Advanced Placement (AP) text, can I call it an AP course and put it on my child’s transcript? A. The term “AP” is trade-marked by the College Board. You can designate a course as “AP” only if it meets the standards of the College Board. According to a spokesman for […]

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Attending Prom

Posted on Jan 23 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. This is our first year homeschooling, and our eldest son has been told he cannot attend public school events like the prom. Is there a law that allows homeschoolers to participate? A. There is no law that requires a public school to allow a homeschooler to participate in public school extracurricular activities. The law […]

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Transcript and Course Location

Posted on Jan 8 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. On my teen’s high school transcript, should I list the place he took some of his courses—for example, high school courses taken online or at our local co-op?   A. A transcript is a very concise record of your high school student’s education. It should fit on one page, in a format that is […]

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Test if Beginning Mid Year

Posted on Dec 15 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. If I begin homeschooling in January, will I be required to test and send in the results by August 1? A. Yes, if you filed a Notice of Intent and begin homeschooling any time during the school year—even as late as April or May—you are required to submit test or evaluation  results by August […]

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Testing with a Local School

Posted on Dec 10 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

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 districts, but not all, offer free testing for homeschooled students. They use the test they […]

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Testing a Young Child

Posted on Dec 4 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I have a young first-grader with a short attention span. Can you suggest a test that is acceptable to my school district? A. All standardized tests are acceptable; it is up to you to decide which test you would like to use. You might consider looking at the California Achievement Test (CAT). Most sections […]

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Religious Exemption Moving Within the State

Posted on Nov 17 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Our religious exemption has been recognized by our school board, but now we plan to move to another city in Virginia. Do we have to go through the religious exemption process again? A. No, your school board complied with the Virginia religious exemption statute and acted on behalf of the state of Virginia when […]

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Religious Exemption Form

Posted on Nov 6 2013 by admin

Q. I mailed a religious exemption letter to my county school board, and the superintendent responded by sending me a religious exemption form to fill out.  Must I provide both a letter and a form? A. The law does NOT require a parent to complete a religious exemption form. Forms often ask for more information […]

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Date of Birth Required

Posted on Oct 27 2013 by admin

Q. My superintendent’s office says my child’s date of birth is required for their database. Does the homeschool law require that I provide this information? A. The homeschool law does not require parents to submit a child’s date of birth in order to homeschool. A child’s name and identifiers such as DOB or a social […]

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Voting For School Board Members

Posted on Oct 19 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. In my district, some school board members are on the ballot. Is voting for local school board members important for homeschoolers since we are not in the public school system? A. Yes, it is! Because a school board member’s actions can directly or indirectly affect homeschoolers, it’s important to know the background of school […]

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