Homeschooling is distinct from a ‘parent-partner program’ described in, Vashon’s alternative education program offers families support. The difference is hard to tell from the article, except on this point:
Data on Vashon’s homeschooling population is hard to come by, in part because some homeschooling families who aren’t a part of FamilyLink aren’t documented and because parents aren’t asked to register their children as homeschoolers until they turn 8, Hanger said.
FamilyLink numbers, on the other hand, are readily available. The program grew explosively in its first few years, then leveled off, following the trend in parent-partner programs statewide.
With a Federal Secretary of Education who is big believer in data, and state Governors’ reform commitment to common standards, it will be a challenge to maintain autonomy for homeschooling.