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Annual Portfolio Review Giveaway

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I have exciting news! I have begun booking appointments for the 2020-2021 school year and my annual portfolio review giveaway has begun. For two weeks (February 8- 22), you can enter to win one of two reviews (each are a 40.00 value). I have a few new options for this year’s giveaway, so be sure to enter.

This year I am meeting families online, so even if you do not live nearby, we can discuss the school year and you will have personal time to share, ask questions, etc. Here is the document with details for scheduling, getting samples to me, rates, and payment.

I hope you win! If you have already booked an appointment with me for this year, I will cheerfully be entering your name into the Giveaway.

Have a great week! ~Lisa~

Homeschool Assessment Options

Wow! How did that happen? 2021 is here and before you know it, school will be ending. If you are new to homeschooling, I wanted to let you know you have a few options for having your child assessed. These assessments only apply if you are going to continue to homeschool for the 2021-22 school year. Otherwise, you just enroll your child for the coming school year.

If you are going to homeschool for the 2021-2022 academic year then you may choose one (or more) of these options. Some families choose to do testing and a Written Narrative. Why? Because they want to see where their student is ranked nationally for their own knowledge, but don’t want to turn in the results and turn in the Written Narrative instead.

** Option 1: Testing with a nationally normed test (IOWA Test of Basic Skills, Stanford, or the California Achievement Test are those that are typically used). You can fill out this form and submit it with the Ohio Home Education Notification Form. Option 1 Link

** Option 2: Portfolio Review/Written Narrative It is referred to by several names, but they all mean the same thing. What is this exactly? A licensed or certified teacher, holding a valid Ohio teaching certificate reviews samples of your child’s academic work that you supply. The teacher reviews the work and signs a form that states your child has progressed in accordance with his/her abilities. Each assessor is a bit different in what they would like to see with regard to your child’s work. As an assessor, I like to see a sample of the beginning, middle, and end of the year in each subject area. This gives me an overview of your school year. Here is the form you need to have signed for this option. Option 2 Link This form is submitted with the Ohio Home Education Notification Form.

** Option 3: An alternative academic assessment of the child’s proficiency mutually agreed upon by the parent and the superintendent. I don’t know many families who choose this option, but what I have heard done is if you know someone who holds a teaching license from a different state and you want them to assess your child, you can use this option. Or, if you are an Ohio licensed teacher and want to submit a written narrative of your student’s work you can as the superintendent if that is acceptable. I personally just had someone else do the assessment since it was good to have another teacher’s thoughts.

Speaking of Written Narrative assessments, I will begin reviewing students’ work in March and will finish in August. I will have more information on how to submit paperwork, pricing, etc. The first week of February I will have my annual portfolio review giveaway so be sure to enter for a chance to win.

Have a great week! ~Lisa~

Ohio Homeschool Assessments Update 2020

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This past week there was an Ohio Senate bill (SB 319) that introduced the waiving of academic assessments for homeschooling students. Please take the time to read the article so you are familiar with what is happening.

Many families have chosen to still do a portfolio review and I would be happy to meet with you (Zoom, phone, or another means that you prefer). You can email me at: schoolmarmohio@me.com for more details or see this previous post pertaining to portfolio reviews for this year. https://schoolmarmohio.com/assessments/

June 3, 2020

From CHEO’s Legislative Liaison, Melanie Elsey:

SENATE BILL 319 – IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED
INTRODUCED JUNE 2, 2020

SB 319 has been introduced by State Senator Matt Huffman and it addresses a number of state policies affected by COVID-19.

For home educating families it corrects an omission error in HB197 which was enacted 2 months ago to waive state assessment requirements for all students in all education venues (public and private).

HB197 (as passed) included language to waive standardized assessments for homeschool assessment reporting but left in place the requirement for portfolio assessments (written narratives). The State Board of Education recognized this omission and unanimously passed a resolution at their May meeting to direct the State Superintendent to seek a legislative change to waive the requirement for the entire assessment report for home educated students.

CHEO has been advocating for a waiver of the entire assessment report for the past two months in both the House and Senate. This is important because there are families with medically fragile special needs children or older adults living in their households with medical conditions that place them at a higher risk for contracting COVID-19 if the state retains a requirement to complete an assessment report that includes a process of meeting with an assessor in person.

While CHEO recognizes that some families will choose to complete this assessment option at no risk to themselves, we have heard from families who are concerned about the risk due to their unique circumstances.

To be clear, CHEO did not ask for the exemption when HB197 was enacted, but we caught the error in the “partial exemption” and recognized the negative impact on families by not waiving the entire assessment report. CHEO has been working since March 27th to correct the error.

The language now proposed in SB319 waives the regulatory requirement to submit an assessment report (which includes all forms of assessments) when submitting a notification of intent to continue to home educate this fall. Families notifying for the first time would not be required to include an assessment report so this pertains to families who are re-notifying for a subsequent year.

FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION:

Please contact your STATE SENATOR and ask for his/her support for SB319.
Please express appreciation for Section 17, paragraph L —Sec.17(L) which fixes the error in previous legislation to waive the state’s assessment requirement for home educated students. Link to SB 319 and the LSC Analysis. Scroll to the portions highlighted in yellow.

Please contact your STATE HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE to give him/her a heads up that SB319 has been introduced and you would appreciate his/her support when it comes over to the House for consideration.

If you are not sure who your legislators are, please either call your county board of elections and ask for the phone number of your state senator and state representative in Columbus OR use this link and fill in your address in the search box. https://www.legislature.ohio.gov

Please share this alert with family and friends. Even if this policy does not affect you please consider calling your legislators to ask for their support.

Thank you so much!

2020 Assessment Update

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I wanted to give you the latest update on the assessment situation for the 2019-2020 school year. You are welcome to do an assessment regardless and I will be happy and willing to do so for you.

Christian Home Educators of Ohio

May 14 at 2:09 PM

FROM CHEO LEGISLATIVE LIAISON, MELANIE ELSEY:

CHEO has been promising an update on the question of assessment waivers by mid-May. This is what we know at this point in time.

The Ohio Department of Education has posted that standardized assessments and 3rd option assessments (superintendent/parent agreed upon assessments) are waived from required inclusion in next year’s re-notification. The ODE has also postponed the deadline for submitting a portfolio review/written narrative assessment until December so it wouldn’t need to be included with the re-notification at the beginning of the school year.

However, the complete waiver of all assessments is still in process. This week, the State Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution to direct the State Superintendent to secure a legislative fix for the incomplete waiver recently passed in HB197. CHEO has been communicating with key legislators and staff for the past seven weeks to secure the complete waiver and we believe it will be granted.

We greatly appreciate your patience and will let you know as soon as this process is finalized. Also, we are truly thankful for your continued support of CHEO and your prayers!

 

 

Assessments 2020 Update

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I wanted to give you an update from HSLDA and CHEO about the current situation with the assessment requirement for the 2019-2020 academic year. The Ohio house bill language states that students are only exempt from standardized test requirements.  Please read both articles as this is extremely important. Both organizations are working on this issue to see if homeschool students can be exempted from all forms of assessment this year.

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Please read Home School Legal Defense’s update.

COVID-19: Urgent ODE Changing Guides on Assessments 

and CHEO’s update:

CHEO HB 197 Legislative Update

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If you would rather not wait to see if the requirement will be changed and would like to schedule an appointment (beginning in May). I will be happy to do a portfolio review for your family. Please email me at schoolmarmohio@me.com.

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Instruction Sheet: 2020 Portfolio Review Document
Fees: 

  • 1 student $40.00
  • 2 students $75.00
  • 3 students $102.00
  • 4 students $132.00
  • 5+ students $155.00

Due to the concerns of the coronavirus, all of this year’s appointments will either be by online conference (Zoom) or by phone. Academic work samples will either be sent to me electronically, mailed, or dropped off (and picked up) at my house.

Have a great week! ~Lisa~