Frankly, this group looks a little scarey. Thankfully, they are not likely to get far.
We recommend requiring every child, including homeschooled students, to have a yearly health assessment by a qualified medical professional. We recommend requiring homeschool families to comply with the state’s immunization standards, filing either vaccination records or exemptions with their notice of intent.
This isn't even required in all states. Why should homeschooled children be singled out?
We recommend that homeschooled students be assessed annually. We believe that these assessment mechanisms should reflect the flexible and innovative nature of homeschooling and should focus on whether learning is taking place rather than on whether students are at grade level in each subject. We recommend giving parents choice in the type of assessment by allowing them to choose between standardized testing and portfolio reviews, which involve creating portfolios that showcase students’ learning. In order to make the process as transparent, effective, and fair as possible, we recommend that standardized tests be administered by qualified individuals and that certified teachers conduct portfolio reviews and meet personally with each student. We recommend creating a remediation process to serve the interests of homeschooled students in need of academic intervention. We believe this remediation process should be positive and child-centered and should include providing committed homeschool families with additional support and resources in an effort to help them succeed.
Public schooled children are assessed all over the place. This has not resulted in American children being actually well educated. Many states do not require private schools to test their students. Why should homeschooled children be singled out?
We recommend that each student’s annual assessment, whether that be a portfolio review or a standardized test, be maintained and kept on file by either the local school district or the state department of education. We see this as a service to homeschool families, as it will ensure that these records are kept safe and available to homeschool parents and homeschool graduates in coming years.
This is a "service"...how? "Safe" from whom? Public school records are not "available" to the parents or to their graduates. Why should homeschooled children's records be "safe and available" to...whom? Are there no privacy issues here?
We recommend barring parents convicted of child abuse, sexual offenses, or other crimes that would disqualify them from employment as a school teacher from homeschooling unless given approval by a judge. We recommend putting in place a process for flagging at-risk children, such as those with child abuse or neglect investigations in the previous ten years, for additional oversight.
While I abhor child abuse, the process for protecting children in public and private schools has not proven to actually protect children, and seems largely to be unenforceable. How will be successful with homeschoolers?
We recommend that each state require parents to provide annual notification of their intent to homeschool. This notice should include children’s names, ages, and grade levels and copies of student’s birth certificates and may be filed at the local level or at the state level. We recommend that homeschool enrollment information be shared between state and local education officials.
Seriously? Every year parents will send in photocopies of their children's birth certificates? and "grade level"? That should be a fun discussion, considering how many times it has been hashed over here. And this will help...how?
We recommend that the parent providing instruction be required to have at least a high school diploma or GED. In cases where a parent does not have this qualification, homeschooling may be permitted under the supervision of a certified teacher or other similarly qualified individual.
Since there is no data proving that homeschooling parents without high school diplomas teach their children less well than those who have them, why would this be required? Not to mention the fact that public schools have teachers with a minimum of four years of college, and yet public schools in the U.S. have proven *not* to turn out well-educated young adults in spite of their teachers' own education, this certainly seems like yet another how-does-this-actually-help issue.
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