This article is a good, all-rounder with a minimum of Da Rules, and some good words from the local assistant superintendent.
- Andover Townsman, Andover, Massachusetts, , 6 April 2006, Home schooling: Participants say it gives kids freedom to pursue interests
O’Neil, the assistant superintendent, said Andover is “very supportive of home schoolers.” O’Neil approves each home schooling plan submitted by parents and oversees the plan to ensure educational goals are met. She says the variety of home schoolers in town run the gamut from those families who travel to Europe for several months out of the year to those who have home schooled from the beginning.
“Ultimately, you want children in an environment that is the most conducive to learning,” O’Neil said.
The one glitch in the article concerned Da Rules:
- Home schoolers are not required to take the MCAS. But they are required to take the SATs.
According to a Massachusetts homeschooler, the reality is that homeschoolersÂ do notÂ take the MCAS, and tests such as the SAT are left to the discretion of the family.Â In Massachusetts, homeschooling is not an area where the state makes the rules.
- Massachusetts Home Learning Association
Approval and oversight of home education is a local, rather than a state function in Massachusetts. Therefore, the Department of Education (DOE) is not involved in setting policy, overseeing school district practices, or otherwise enforcing the Commonwealth’s home education law.
hat tip to the HSWatch list