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For background, my oldest DC is now eight. None of my DC have ever been in school, and I have enough college credits to be "allowed" to HS my DC on my own.<br><br>
I am planning on using Family Learning Organization's checklists to meet the testing requirements. I think the checklist idea is awesome-- the DC don't even have to know I am doing it, which I love- it is so easy and non-invasive, not a huge waste of time, etc.<br><a href="http://www.familylearning.org" target="_blank">www.familylearning.org</a><br><br>
I was reading FLO's FAQs and it made me really think about the testing requirement itself. There was a question asking, basicly, if the parent has to give all sections of a standardized test to their child, if their state does not require that area to be tested. (I am really sleep-deprived here, so hope this is coming out clear.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/sleeping.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sleeping"> )<br>
So my main question is, what "subjects" exactly are we required to test for by law? Does it specify, or is it vague? (Looking for a way around the testing requirement... )<br><br>
Is it written in the law that we must use certain tests?<br>
(Can we make up our own? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ) Who exactly decided what is a standardized test? If I give the same "test" to all my DC, then it is standardized in my home, and therefore standardized... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
What is the penalty for not complying? How do they know?<br>
What happens if you just don't register? Can they force your DC into government school, cart you off to jail, what?<br><br>
Maybe it is just my tired self today, but I am just looking for loopholes around some (or all) of this government nanny-ing. As if I don't have enough to do allready, when goverentment interference in HSing has been proven to have no benefit on outcome...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blahblah.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blah blah"><br><br>
I guess I am just looking for ways to jump thru as few hoops as possible so I can stick to the important things, like actually HSing my DC.<br>
I know of a lady that HSed her DC for ten years without being "qualified" or resigistered, and nothing ever happened, and honestly that seems easier to me sometimes.
 

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<a href="http://www.hslda.org/laws/default.asp?State=WA" target="_blank">this link</a> will give you information about what the law will allow you to do in WA...<br><br>
hope this helps...<br><br>
peace...
 

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I'm in WA as well and the law requires annual testing or assessment and the checklist you are speaking of qualifies for the annual assessment. All you need to do is submit the intent to homeschool once a year and do the assessment through family learning once a year. You don't have to send the assessments to the state or schools either, you just keep them for your records.
 

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There are specific subjects, but it never tells you how to teach those subjects, so you can itnerpret it how you wish. Reading comic books can be considered English lit, etc.<br><br>
I don't know that it ever says whose standardized tests, but it does seem that standardized would meet standardized by an education board. We did do the CAT test through FLO last year, and we were able to administer it at home.<br><br>
I don't know that there is any way for a school board to know. The results ar enot reported. I didn't test my son his first two years, and no one knew. The only thing I thought was that maybe if I put him in school, they would want to see sometesting, but I had a friend who just put her 10 year old into school, middle of the year, adn they didn't even do assessment on her at the school! The asked mom, what grade is she in? 4th. OK!<br><br>
I would suppose that the wirst that could happen is that they find out and then you do have to test them. I don't see how they can prove that you haven't done it. I do know people who never even doing the declaration of intent.
 

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I am in WA. WHO would have the info you are seeking and much more excellant stuff.<br><br><a href="http://www.washhomeschool.org/" target="_blank">http://www.washhomeschool.org/</a>
 
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