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Notifying for 2020-21 School Year

 

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Happy Spring to you!

My post last week informed you that if you are currently homeschooling your student is not required to have any type of assessment in order to homeschool for the 2020-2021 school year. So, what does that look like when you send in your paperwork this year? It will not be that different than what you have done in years past, but I will outline it here for you.

  • Complete the Ohio Home Education Notification Form (Be sure to include an outline of topics you intend to teach and the curricula you are intending to use as per requirements in items 6 and 7 of the notification form.)
  • It is optional to include a cover letter, but some families prefer to state the purpose of why their student is being homeschooled and what paperwork is being included with the notification form.
  • Submit your paperwork to your local school superintendent’s office no later than the week your child’s school building begins school. otherwise, your daughter/ son will be considered truant. I would advise you to turn it in later July or early August so that your letter of excusal from the superintendent has been sent to you by the time school begins.
  • Send your Ohio Notification Form by United States Postal Service by registered mail with a return receipt. I would not drop it off to the school office for a couple of reasons: 1. By sending it by registered mail with a return receipt you have proof that you notified the school district should it come into question that you did not notify.  2. Your paperwork could get lost. It has happened before! This is an extremely busy time for the administration and your paperwork could get mislaid.
  • If you homeschooled last year (2019-2020) you do not need to submit an assessment along with your paperwork.
  • That’s it! The superintendent’s office has 10 business days to send your student’s letter of excusal from compulsory education. If you do not receive the letter, your student is considered to be excused. I would follow up with the superintendent’s office if you did not receive your excusal letter. You want to have proof from the school district that you are legally homeschooling your child.

If you have any legal questions you can contact Home School Legal Defense. I am not a lawyer and would advise you to contact them should you have any concerns regarding homeschooling.

Portfolio Review Changes for 2020

 

downloadThis year all homeschool students are not required to submit assessments, either standardized tests or a portfolio review/ homeschool assessment.  However, it is being recommended that you consider doing it anyway.  If you would like to have me review your student’s work I can certainly do that for you electronically and we can meet online. We may also have the opportunity to meet in person in the summer but we will need to see what will be the recommendation by the CDC.

Here is the information from Home School Legal Defense (HSLDA) :

Homeschool families will not be required to submit assessments upon subsequent notification for the 2020-21 school year in order to continue homeschooling. Originally a technical tax correction bill, House Bill 197 was amended to include coronavirus response legislation. The bill reads on page 724-725:

“(L) No school district shall require the parent of any student who was instructed at home in accordance with section 3321.04 of the Revised Code for the 2019-2020 school year to submit to the district superintendent the results of a standardized achievement assessment administered to the student as a condition of the district allowing the student to continue to receive home instruction for the 2020-2021 school year.”

Although the language is somewhat unclear, CHEO’s legislative liaison, Melanie Elsey, was told by the Non Public Education Department of the Ohio Department of Education, who proposed the language, that the intent was to waive the entire assessment requirement for the current school year for homeschoolers in light of the challenges presented by the coronavirus. The ODE has assured CHEO and HSLDA that it will issue guidance to all school districts that homeschoolers should not be required to submit assessments.

However, any family still wishing to assess is free to do so. Families who have issues when they submit their notice of intent in the fall are invited to contact HSLDA for assistance. You can visit CHEO’s website for more information also!

HSLDA appreciates the opportunity to serve you. We are all thinking about and praying for our members and friends!

Have a great week! ~Lisa~

 

2020 Portfolio Review Giveaway

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2020 Portfolio Review Giveaway
It’s spring and that means it is time for my Annual Portfolio Review/ Homeschool Assessment  Giveaway. If you would like to win one of two free reviews please enter the contest. (a $40.00 value) There are several ways to win!  The Giveaway winners will be announced on Monday, March 23, 2020. 

You can send portfolios electronically and choose to meet with me by zoom, Facebook, or by phone.

Click this link to enter:  2020 Portfolio Review Giveaway

Have a great week! ~Lisa ~ 

Homeschool Assessments

Screen Shot 2020-02-12 at 12.04.55 PMTraditional schools celebrate the 100th day of school when children are in elementary school. I think we should celebrate the countdown to the end of the year that is less than 100 days! I  bet you are looking forward to a more relaxed morning schedule, no tests, no textbooks, and a break from the school routine. Hip! Hip! Hooray!

If you live in Ohio, you probably have given it some thought as to having your child assessed since this is a state homeschool requirement. Do not become anxious; it’s pretty straightforward. You can either choose to create a portfolio of academic work samples for an assessor such as myself or have your child take a standardized test. You also can do both if you like. This week I will be sharing about portfolio reviews or otherwise known as portfolio assessments.

I thought this was an interesting quote from a testing service regarding standardized tests. “A student’s regular performance throughout the year is likely more valid than a single test score. Testing is only a snapshot of a student’s skills, abilities, and knowledge. It is also affected by anxiety, fatigue, and disposition. Most importantly, it does not measure many of the best predictors of success, such as effort, tenacity, emotional intelligence, and creativity.” source: Homeschool Testing Services. com

If you considering the portfolio review option here are some things that can help you with your decision.

What is it? It is a portfolio (a compilation) of your child’s work from the academic year they have just completed or are completing. Think of it as showcasing your student’s school year. You can also think of it as a great way to reflect back over the year- what areas was there progress made? Where do you want to see progress next year?

Who can assess my student’s work? A currently licensed teacher in the state of Ohio. It can be a music teacher, a high school science teacher, an elementary teacher, as long as they have a current teaching license.

When are portfolio reviews done? Typically, assessors perform reviews from May through July or early August. I begin scheduling in March.

What do I need to do for an assessment? Gather samples of your choosing to show that your student has made academic progress. You should also include work samples if you have concerns so that the teacher can offer recommendations, suggestions or resources to assist you. If you have questions, be sure to write those down so you can discuss this with the assessor.

What kinds of samples do I show the assessor? This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but some ideas to help you. You can show samples from the beginning, middle, and end of the year of workbook pages; samples of writing; tests; lab reports, etc. You can include pictures of activities, experiments;  lapbooks; screenshots (classes, grades); videos; narratives; nature journals; programs from plays; sports programs or a team roster; co-op classes, etc. I tell families this is your “Bragging Time” to show off what you have done for the year. Am I interested? I sure am! I get so excited to see what students have done. You work hard all year to give your children an excellent education and reviewing the year with you is an honor and joy. I like to think of myself as your cheerleader and I am sure every assessor feels that way too. 🙂

What is the cost? That varies as the assessor sets the price. Keep in mind that they have expenses for continuing post-graduate education and the time they take to carefully review your student’s work.

Do I meet with the assessor? This depends upon the assessor. Some teachers want to meet with you (with or without your children), other teachers have you send paperwork to them. Still others, such as myself, will give you the option to meet or send work samples.

What happens next? You will receive from your assessor the Written Narrative paperwork that needs to be submitted along with your Ohio Home Education Notification Form when you notify for the next school year. It is a single piece of paper, but it is a required part of your notification.  It is important to note that your paperwork must be submitted no later than the first week of your child’s school building’s start date. If past that date, your child is considered truant. 

If you would like to schedule an assessment with me please contact me through my email: schoolmarmohio@me.com.  I would love to serve you and your family.

Next week my post information will be about testing.

Have a great week! ~Lisa~