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by Yvonne Bunn

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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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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Special-Needs Requirements

Posted on Oct 13 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Are there extra requirements to homeschool a child with special needs? Are they still eligible for services like speech and occupational therapy (OT)? A. A child with special needs has the right to be homeschooled, and the parents of a child with special needs has the same rights to homeschool as any other parent […]

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No Response from Superintendent

Posted on Sep 15 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I filed my NOI in early August and haven’t had a response yet from the superintendent’s office. Should I be concerned? A. There is no reason to be concerned. The superintendent is not required to send a response to parents who file a Notice of Intent, although most do respond as a courtesy. If […]

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Evaluation Not Accepted

Posted on Sep 4 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. If the superintendent decides the evaluation letter I sent is not acceptable, what might I expect to happen? Now that it is past the August 1 deadline, have I missed the opportunity to do anything else? A. As long as you provided evaluation information prior to the August 1 deadline, you have complied with […]

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Submitting A Portfolio

Posted on Aug 25 2013 by admin

Q. I want to prepare a portfolio for next year. What do I need to do and how is it evaluated? A. The law doesn’t address portfolios directly, but they can be used for an evaluation or assessment. Begin by compiling samples of your child’s best work in a notebook or scrapbook from the beginning […]

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Percentile Test Scores

Posted on Jul 21 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. How do I compute the percentile score for my child’s standardized achievement test? Is it an average or do some parts have more weight? A. A standardized achievement test is not like the subject tests you give during the year. Parents don’t have the information that is needed to compute a percentile score. The […]

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Tester’s Credentials

Posted on Jun 22 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. The superintendent’s office has requested to see my tester’s credentials. Am I required to supply that information with the test results? A. No, if you have complied with the homeschool statute and have chosen to use a standardized achievement test, the law requires you to only submit a copy of the test results by […]

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Certified Tutors and Testing

Posted on Jun 19 2013 by admin

Q. I’m a certified teacher, and I’ve received a letter saying that I must send testing results by August 1. Is this correct? A. It depends on how you filed last year. There are two ways Virginia certified teachers (tutors) can comply with the law. If you sent a letter to the superintendent referencing the […]

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by Yvonne Bunn

Skipping a Grade

Posted on Apr 28 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. My child is very advanced. Can she skip a grade, and if so, should I notify the superintendent’s office? A. If your child is advanced in all subjects at her present grade level, you could skip a grade. The Notice of Intent does not include information about grade level, so you can file the […]

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Days and Hours

Posted on Apr 15 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Are homeschoolers required to follow the public-school required days and hours of instruction? A. In 22.1-254 (A) the law says in part that parents shall homeschool “…during the period of each year the public schools are in session and for the same number of days and hours per day as public schools.” However, the […]

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Testing with the PSAT, SAT, or ACT

Posted on Apr 7 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Why would the PSAT, SAT or ACT not qualify for a homeschooler’s standardized achievement test? A. The PSAT, SAT, and ACT provide different types of information than a standardized achievement test. The homeschool law states that a parent must submit the results of a standardized achievement test or an independent evaluation each year. Standardized […]

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Testing Subsections

Posted on Apr 1 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. What parts of a standardized achievement test should my child take in order to satisfy the testing requirement? A. The law requires a “composite score” in or above the fourth stanine (23rd percentile) in order to continue homeschooling. A composite score is made up of the mathematics and language arts portions of a standardized […]

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Superintendents’ Addresses

Posted on Mar 26 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Where do I send the results of a standardized achievement test or evaluation? A. If you complied with the homeschool law 22.1-254.1 by filing a Notice of Intent or writing a letter to your division superintendent, you should send your test results or evaluation letter to the same person–your local superintendent or his designee. […]

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Homeschool Items – March 20, 2013

Posted on Mar 17 2013 by admin

1.1 Field Trip Idea: Stratford Hall – Stratford, VA 1.2 Article – Learning Styles Visually Explained   1.1 Field Trip Idea: Stratford Hall – Stratford, VA Stratford Hall 483 Great House Road Stratford, VA Open seven days a week from March 1, 2013 to December 23, 2013. Admission gate is open 9:30 a.m. to 4 […]

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Portfolio Evaluation

Posted on Mar 13 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Can I evaluate my child’s portfolio and send the evaluation letter to the superintendent? A. A portfolio is not mentioned in the homeschool law; however, it could fall under the category of an independent evaluation. In lieu of a test, you can have a portfolio evaluated by a person licensed to teach in any […]

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Homeschool Items – March 13, 2013

Posted on Mar 10 2013 by admin

1.1 Animal Husbandry Homeschool Clinic – Yorktown – Underway 1.2 Dinner Theater: Meet Me at Luigi’s – Richmond – Reserve Now: Begins March 21 1.3 Homeschool Co-op Open House and Used Curriculum Sale – Glen Allen – March 26 1.4 Used Curriculum Sale – Harrisonburg – April 6 1.5 Charlotte Mason Conference – Ferrum – […]

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Homeschool Items – March 6, 2013

Posted on Mar 3 2013 by admin

1.1 Homeschool Science Fair – Manassas – March 9 1.2 James River Home School Foundation Open House – Richmond – March 11 1.3 Classical Conversations Information Meetings – Dates and Locations Vary 1.4 Register Now for YMV Summer Concert Band Camp – Virginia Beach – Register Soon 1.5 The Teaching Home Resources: Achievement Tests and […]

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Homeschool Items – February 27, 2013

Posted on Feb 24 2013 by admin

1.1 Team Policy Debate – Culpeper – March 15 1.2 Classical Conversations Events – Multiple Locations and Dates 1.3 Article – Family Fun with Teens–Graduation Included   1.1 Team Policy Debate – Culpeper – March 15 Open Door Baptist Church 754 Germanna Highway Culpeper, VA Friday, March 15, 2013, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. […]

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Testing If Beginning Mid-Year

Posted on Feb 20 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I just started homeschooling. Am I required to send test scores to the superintendent by August 1?   A. Yes, if you complied with the homeschool law by filing a “Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instruction” form or by writing a letter, you are required to provide evidence of progress by August 1 […]

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Public School Testing

Posted on Feb 6 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I have a child who needs help with reading comprehension. Can I have him tested through the public schools? A. Public schools will only provide an evaluation and/or services for students enrolled in their schools, so you will need to have his reading skills evaluated privately. The only publicly funded service that may sometimes be […]

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When to Test

Posted on Jan 23 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

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). It’s up to each parent to decide when testing takes place. Some parents test early […]

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Test Administrator

Posted on Jan 16 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q: A friend told me that testing must be done by a certified teacher. Does it have to be a Virginia certified teacher? A: An achievement test may be administered by a number of different people, depending on the test you use. Each test publisher or company includes information about the test and who can […]

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Transcript and Testing Information

Posted on Sep 11 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q: On a high school transcript, should I indicate that my special-needs teen took a special type of achievement test or should I list the name of the test? The transcript may be used for college admissions.   A: Achievement test results are not included on a high school transcript. They are required by the […]

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Grade Placement

Posted on Aug 5 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. How do I place my child at the correct level for the upcoming year? Can I use an achievement test? A. Correct placement in the core skill subjects — language arts and mathematics – can be very helpful, but not always necessary. It will show strengths and weaknesses and identify learning gaps. I would […]

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Testing Low in One Section

Posted on Jul 2 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I’m in a panic! My student scored below the 23rd percentile on one section of a standardized test. What should I do? A. A student may score below the 23rd percentile on one or more sections of a standardized achievement test and still be okay. The composite score is the most important score for the purpose of […]

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