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September 3rd, 2006, 08:49 PM
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I was curious...

Is there any state or federal regulations on homeschooling? If you homeschool your child, how is it tracked with the state school system? How do they know the child is actuallly doing the work?

Are there tests that the child must do to "prove" they are learning the material? And is it done over the internet or do they go to a testing center?
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September 3rd, 2006, 10:44 PM
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Evey state has it's own laws. http://www.hslda.org/laws/default.asp is a good place to start.

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It's not. Homeschooling has nothing to do with the state schools just as privet schools don't. Unless your using a public school charter then it's basicaly ps at home.

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They don't, homeschooling is provided by the parents, so your children are only accountable to you unless you use a charter as above, or a corespondence type course which goes back to be marked.

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This depends on your state. Some states require testing others not. Some states require a porfolio instead, others nothing. You will know if they are learning.

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I believe in some states your child would go to the local ps for testing or some other specified place. Some states let you take the test at home and just ask you to file the results. I don't know if over the internet is available for state tests. Schools that use live internet might do there own testing that way.

Hope that helps. Feel free to ask any more questions you have.
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September 4th, 2006, 08:10 AM
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Your state's Department of Education should have all of the information you will need. I imagine most states even have the information online as I live in Vermont, one of the smallest/least populated states, and mine had everything I needed on their web site, including all of the forms.

But I know it does varry a lot from state to state. Some, like mine, have pretty strict guidelines and you must submit a detailed curriculum as well as an end-of-the-year assessment done by a state certified educator and portfolio submission, while other states barely regualte homeschooling at all.

Best of luck with you on your venture!
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September 4th, 2006, 03:50 PM
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Hi,
I'm in Louisiana. The only test that is required here is the SAT. I still take mine for testing through the Christian Homeschool Association, but that is just so I will know that they are on track. Each state is different.
Your boys are so cute .
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