Standardized Test Adminstration

Hello,

I am on the Board of Directors for our county homeschool support group, and I answer the email questions that come into the group.  I know that one of the options for homeschoolers to meet the law is to take a standardized test "adminstered by a certified teacher".  My question is in the interpretation of this phrase.  I know that a number of homeschooling parents give their children the test at home without a teacher present, and then send it to a teacher who grades it and completes the letter which goes in to the County Superintendant.  Does this meet the requirements of the law?  I would appreciate being able to understand the law better so that I can help the homeschoolers in my area.

Thanks for all you do!

Sincerely,
L.M.

The law was not intended for a parent to administer the test; otherwise, I would not have said "administer by a certified teacher."  It does not say a Florida certified teacher.  Some distant learning programs, such as Bob Jones, certify test administrators, but that does not meet the criteria of a certified teacher. Only if the parent is a certified teacher are they in compliance with the law in administering a such a test.
Therefore, I would say that the practice you described does not meet the intent of the law.  The methods outlined in the law were intended to be a third party evaluation. 

If the distant learning program provides a transcript or written evaluation to the parent, which includes a standardized test given by the parent, the school district might accept it under Option #5 as the child's evaluation.
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