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  •  It looks like there are safeguards, but not enough (6+ / 0-)

    follow up. I know Florida requires parents to file initial paper work declaring their intent to home school. Florida home schooled children to take a Nationally normed, student achievement test. They can take the same lousy test in a regulare school (FCAT) or they can take the Basic IOWA as administered in a Catholic school or anyother national test, but it must be in a proctored location. Florida home schooled children must have their academic portfolio assessed by a certified teacher annually based upon an interview with the child and their educator. That teacher makes recommendations for the student and they follow up. I know home schooled kids in Florida and they sweat that annual assessment.

    North Carolina has fewer regulations. Parents have to file intent paperwork, but the regulations proving satisfactory academic progress is weak. These students have to take an annual standardized test proctored by a non-family member, the home school must have regular hours and the teacher must have a valid high school diploma. They have to maintain records and make them available upon demand. It seems North Carolina isn't demanding enough from home schoolers.

    I don't think there's a higher incidence rate of child abuse in home schooled children, but I'd like to see North Carolina do some better follow up on home schooled kids.

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    by JDWolverton on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 12:58:30 PM PST

    •  There is a (3+ / 0-)

      lot of misinformation floating around FL about what an annual evaluation is or is not.

      The parents send a Letter of Intent to the county when they first start hsing. They are required to have an annual evaluation after that.

      Hsed children do not have to take any sort of test -- nationally normed, standardized, FCAT or other.

      The parents may choose to have their children tested but it is not required.

      The annual evaluation is usually a portfolio review, which is just what it sounds like. The review is usually done by a retired but still-licensed FL teacher. (Not the only choice.)

      The annual review is to determine if the student has made progress appropriate for him for the school year. Not compared to anyone or anything else. Has he made progress appropriate for him?

      The evaluator may discuss things with the parents and may make suggestions. The parent is not obligated to follow the suggestions. There is no follow-up until the next year's evaluation.

      The evaluator is hired by the parents and the parents try to hire someone who understands their particular approach to hsing.

      Any parent or kid sweating an annual evaluation in FL is not doing it right.

      And that's for about half the hsers in FL. The other half use the private/umbrella school option. Schools are required to keep certain enrollment records and collect attendance. Anything beyond that, including testing or evaluations, is up to the owner of the private school. Parents choose a private/umbrella school that fits their approach to hsing.

      •  Thanks, I know two families that could use this (1+ / 0-)
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        info. I think they aren't using the best resources for them. I know the one family takes their kids into their local school for the FCAT every year and they test high.

        If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never has and never will be. Thomas Jefferson

        by JDWolverton on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 03:04:52 PM PST

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    •  Why do you think that? (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't think there's a higher incidence rate of child abuse in home schooled children
      With the greatly reduced opportunity for problems to be seen, addressed or reported, wouldn't it be logical that the incidence could well be higher than for those in traditional schools, as a cycle of abuse is more likely to be interrupted where there is more visibility? And add to that the reality that some, albeit small, number of parents who claim to be homeschooling are making that claim to conceal neglect and abuse.

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      by Catte Nappe on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 01:45:01 PM PST

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      •  I usually stay up on studies about child abuse (7+ / 0-)

        and I haven't seen anything that correlates child abuse with home schooling. I don't know of any studies on the subject - and I looked for them. I can tell you some absolute horror stories of children who go to public school who were abused and no one knew. The single factor that increases the likelihood of child abuse is living in a single parent household.

        It makes sense that abusive parents might find home schooling to be a better control. No doubt, but the worst cases I saw had mainstreamed educations. These students were favored by teachers because they were so well behaved. When I see the anecdotal reports of horrid living conditions of some home schooled children, I was tempted to make some assumptions; but the facts aren't there yet.

        Child abuse is something that bothers me a lot and the studies are all over the place, but strangely, no one is collecting the data on the survivors educational situation at the time of the initial report.

        We could find it's an under reported crime, due to the isolation of the children involved. Considering how much hostility home schooling gets, I'm surprised no one has picked that variable for a retroactive review of child abuse cases. At any rate, it needs more study before we can claim a cause and effect.

        If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never has and never will be. Thomas Jefferson

        by JDWolverton on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 03:02:34 PM PST

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