General requirements for homeschooling


Each state has its own general requirements of his homeschoooling students. There are four categories of legal options for homeschooling. The four categories are: government need not notice states with little regulation, moderate regulation and high regulation

Many of the rules are parental notification, test scores, professional assessment of student progress and curriculum approval .. Families should not be scared off the general requirements for homeschooling. There may be some initial paperwork to tackle, but as long as the teaching parent can keep good records should not be Andy fear of the state stepping in and order the child returned to public schools.

states that have no requirements for homeschooling parents do not need to initiate contact. These states are Idaho, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Connecticut, New Jersey and the territory of Guam and Puerto Rico. Parents are not required to contact school districts to notify them that they will be homeschooling their children.

Countries that have low general requirements for homeschooling parents to inform the school district that they are homeschooling their children and nothing else. These states include California, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico, Nebraska, Kansas, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Delaware, Washington DC and the Virgin Islands territory.

Moderately regulated countries need parents to send notification, test scores and provide a professional assessment of the progress of the student. States in this category include Oregon, Colorado, South Dakota, Iowa, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Maryland and territories of American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands.

states with the highest regulations can be tricky for parents contemplating homeschooling. This state general requirements for homeschooling provide parents need to send notification or achievement test scores, providing professional assessment of student progress and provide a written curriculum that needs to be approved by the State Teacher qualification of parents and in some cases, visits to state officials to check student progress. These states are Washington, Utah, North Dakota, Minnesota, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. These countries have some requirements for Kindergarten level the rules become more stringent in each grade level

parent is approved to operate a home school if they follow the rules of each state. they do not have teacher certification. The parents must file a notice in their local school they intend to homeschool in the low to highly regulated countries. Those who fall under moderate to highly regulated countries will also need to keep attendance records, file quarterly reports and rating narrative for each taught. Very organized State may require an annual assessment at the end of the school year.

General requirements homeschool vary greatly from state to state. The parents should be well versed in the legal aspects of homeschooling before they decide to try it. Most parents will find that red tape at the beginning is well worth it.

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Dr. J. Elisha Burke

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