Steve Brawner reports on Education Alliance concerns – an Arkansas group “Promoting, Protecting, and Strengthening Home Schooling”.
Melissa Savary, director of the Education Alliance, a group that advocates for home-schooled students, said she has received 15-20 questions from parents from a variety of districts who say they are running into problems with the law.
For example, under current state law, home-schooled students are only required to take standardized tests during grades 3-9, which means that many junior and senior students will not have norm-referenced tests to present to their districts. While they could take the test now, it would be eight to 10 weeks before the results would be known – too late to participate in a sport like football. She said the law also doesn’t specify who pays for the test.
Savary said her group would like the Arkansas Department of Education to write rules and regulations to clarify parts of the law.
Asking for more regulations from a public education agency seems like a strange request from homeschoolers.