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  •  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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      Another Grizzle

      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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      •  If they have no problem with it (2+ / 0-)
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        FloridaSNMOM, JDWolverton

        and like using the FCAT, they certainly have that choice. It is a lousy test of not much but it does satisfy the annual eval requirement. It is being phased out though so they might want to look at alternatives.

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