BOE Considers Changes to How it Monitors Academic Progress of Home School Students

By Lon Anderson
Moorefield Examiner

A proposed change concerning requirements for monitoring the academic progress of home school students in Hardy County was tabled by the Board of Education at its meeting on July 20. Board members Janet Clayton Rose and Dixie Bean both wanted more detailed information before voting on the issue.

The proposed policy involving home schools and private schools “is an update based upon state changes,” explained Superintendent Sheena Van Meter. The purpose of the policy, according to its description, is to “implement West Virginia State law dealing with private schools and home schools and to verify that all students between the ages of 6 and 17 are receiving an education.”

Concern about the policy focused on the ways it allows students being home schooled to be assessed on their progress annually. The policy identifies three ways: “a nationally-normed standardized achievement test,”

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