Homeschooled children enrolled in Willow Wind Community Learning Center in Ashland, Oregon, will be assigned state identification numbers, and the children will be required to take state assessment tests in the spring because the Learning Center receives state funds.
- Mail Tribune, Ashland, Oregon, 20 Sep 2005, Willow Wind faces scrutiny
Ashlandâ€™s Willow Wind Community Learning Center is taking steps to comply with state law, even as Oregon education officials are demanding an audit of public money that school districts receive to pay for services to homeschooled students.
"The bargain between the state school fund and the districts is that we provide the funding and in return, we get performance data,"Â [a state education department official]Â said.
According to the article, programs such as Willow Wind’sÂ offer, "… a range of courses tailored to home-schoolers, from music and computer science to mathematics," for which the school districts receive about $5,000 for each child whose enrollmentÂ is equivalentÂ to that ofÂ a full-time student.
The school’s director was quoted as saying that the school was up-front with homeschooling families about the testing requirement, and the director of another program, a tutoring agency, said enrollees were tested last year and she didn’t anticipate any problems with the next round of testing.
As long as the parents of the children are informed about testing, there can’t be an objection from those who don’t test.Â Parents apparently had warningÂ about the tests.Â Was there a similar heads-up for the state ID numbers?