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Portfolio Review Changes for 2020

Update as of April 24, 2020: This is from Home School Legal Defense’s website concerning the requirements for assessments this year.

It has come to our attention that the Ohio Department of Education has released guidance that conflicts with what we previously told you.

The ODE recently released this statement:

Ohio’s emergency legislation makes a short-term change to reporting requirements for 2019–2020. Typically, parents must send the local superintendent an academic assessment report for the child for the previous school year. That report must include one of three things: the results of a nationally normed, standardized test; a written narrative indicating that a portfolio of samples of the child’s work has been reviewed and that the child’s academic progress meets the child’s abilities; or an alternative academic assessment of proficiency mutually agreed upon by the parent and the superintendent.

Section 17(L) of H.B. 197 exempts the requirement to provide the results of the nationally normed, standardized test to the resident district as a condition of the district continuing to allow the student to be homeschooled in the 2020-2021 school year. However, the parent must still meet one of the other two requirements.

We previously wrote that the Director of Non-Public School Options at the Ohio Department of Education had informed CHEO’s legislative liaison that the intent of Section 17(L) of House Bill 197 was to waive all assessments for homeschoolers, and that it would publish guidance to that effect. It is now unclear whether the ODE will release the guidance it had originally promised.

We will be working with CHEO to contact legislators and ODE staff with our concerns about this. We hope the legislature will clarify its intent regarding homeschooling assessments.

We appreciate your support. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to use with your questions or concerns.

 

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~

 

 

 

 

Portfolio Reviews for Seniors

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It seems anticlimactic once your child is finishing their senior year as far as notifying the school. Guess what? You don’t notify the superintendent that your scholar has graduated. You don’t need to do a portfolio review or an exit test. You do, however, get to, need to celebrate! So, for you who are graduating a student this year from homeschooling, my heartiest congratulations on a job well done! Welcome to the world of homeschool alumni, both you and your student.

You may be wondering what to do as your student completes their high school career. My suggestion is to have a graduation ceremony, either with a group of fellow homeschoolers or by yourselves. The main thing is to recognize your student and invite family and friends to celebrate this accomplishment.

What do you do for a diploma? You can either create your own (FREE) by using a template CLICK HERE  You can also purchase one such as this Christian homeschool one  CLICK HERE  or one that does not have a scripture reference on it CLICK HERE