PA Homeschool Evaluation

We’ve already discussed the elements that are required in the portfolio, including a log, samples of the child’s work and standardized test scores in grades 3, 5 and 8. One final requirement is to obtain an evaluation and submit the evaluator’s certification that an appropriate education is occurring for the school year under review no […]

Standardized testing requirements PA homeschool law

Testing Requirements Under PA Homeschool Law

If your child is in grade 3, 5 or 8, the portfolio must include the results of a standardized achievement test for reading/language arts and math. The list of approved tests (as of the date of publication of this article-please check the PDE website for updates) can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website […]

Samples of Work for the Portfolio

Although Pennsylvania homeschool law no longer requires the supervisor of a home education program to submit a portfolio to the superintendent, a qualified evaluator must still review a portfolio during (or before) an interview with the student in order to certify that “an appropriate education is occurring.” In addition to standardized test scores in grades […]

Keeping a Log

One component of a portfolio is a log. Let’s look at the language of the provision with only the part related to a log in bold: “The portfolio shall consist of a log, made contemporaneously with the instruction, which designates by title the reading materials used, samples of any writings, worksheets, workbooks or creative materials used […]

Who’s Qualified to Homeschool in Pennsylvania?

In 1988, the Pennsylvania Legislature passed a law making it legal for parents to homeschool their children in the Commonwealth. Prior to this legislation, Pennsylvania was one of the most aggressive states in prosecuting parents for truancy. Act 169 of 1988, which is the Pennsylvania Homeschool Law, is an extension of the compulsory education provision […]

How to Prepare an Affidavit Pa Homeschool Law

How to Prepare a Homeschool Affidavit in Pennsylvania

Filing an affidavit (or what some think of as a “letter of intent to homeschool”) and related papers under Pennsylvania homeschool law doesn’t have to be difficult, intimidating or time-consuming. Read the following post to guide you through the process and help yourself to the one-page printable affidavit found on the “forms” page The affidavit […]