**Disclaimer: All information presented on this blog is based on our best understanding of current homeschool laws in the state of Florida at the time of each posting, and in particular the homeschool laws for Hillsborough County, where Class Source is located. However, we are not legal experts, and the information posted in this group does not constitute legal advice. Homeschool laws can vary by county and state. If you are uncertain of the homeschool regulations and requirements in your area, please verify using your local resources. The HSLDA website has a resource which allows you to look up homeschool laws by state, and is a good place to start: https://hslda.org/legal.**
This week's FAQ is:
Does my child need to take a standardized test each year to prove he/she has completed his/her grade level?
No, though some families do choose to utilize standardized tests at varying points in their home-education process. The basic requirements for home-education do not require an annual test, simply an evaluation completed by a certified teacher at the end of each school year – which could be either a portfolio review or a test. If you do choose to do a test for your evaluation, you do not need to submit the actual test results to the county, only a one-page form stating that your child has been evaluated and has demonstrated adequate progress during that school year, signed by the certified teacher who administered the test. Class Source has several teachers who can administer these evaluations. If you need this service, please contact us! Some families also choose to do individual tests, like the PIAT, while others partake in the CAT-5 group test, which Class Source typically schedules each Spring, or in other standardized tests when age-appropriate, such as the ASVAB. Many families also choose to have their students take the ACT or SAT during high school, to determine eligibility for scholarships or college admissions.
If you want more info on Homeschooling in Florida, we've just started a Homeschool Q&A group on Facebook! You can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HomeschoolQATampaBay/.