What does the law say about proof of progress?
§ 22.1-254.1(C) of the Virginia Code states that “The parent who elects to provide home instruction shall provide the division superintendent by August 1 following the school year in which the child has received home instruction with either
(i) evidence that the child has attained a composite score in or above the fourth stanine (23rd percentile) on ANY nationally normed standardized achievement test or
(ii) an evaluation or assessment which the division superintendent determines indicates that the child is achieving an adequate level of educational growth and progress.”
Who should use evaluations as proof of progress?
Any family who filed an NOI (Notice of Intent) can use either evaluations or testing as proof of progress. To learn more visit HEAV here.
* Filing under religious exemption or certified tutor options have different regulations/requirements.
Evaluations are an excellent alternative to standardized testing, as they allow for a more natural and personal approach. Evaluations are a terrific choice for children with anxiety, special needs, young children, or children who do not generally perform well on tests.
How long does an evaluation take?
Evaluation time slots are for 30 - 45 minutes per child. They take place in person or over Zoom.
How do I show my child's proof of progress?
Families may come equipped with:
projects (pictures or videos or projects, presentations, experiments also acceptable)
tests and quizzes
evidence of an online course/program
classes, clubs, and co-op experiences
Please remember you are showing proof of progress. Work samples which show beginning, middle and end are best. Please note there will be a primary focus on math and language arts. Other content areas should be included but to a lesser extent.
What can I expect during the meeting?
I will walk through the samples with you and your child. I will ask open-ended questions and I always take notes. It is expected you, the parent, will be present during the entire evaluation. I do my best to keep it lighthearted and natural. The intent is to share in the growth and progress your child has made, not to scrutinize or criticize. If I feel there is an issue with the samples presented I will ask the parent to speak with me without the child present.
What happens after the meeting?
You will receive a detailed PDF of my notes for your records, as well as a PDF signed letter to submit to your district as proof of progress.
What if my child has unique and special needs?
Not all children are "on grade level." Some children work above grade level or are working toward specific learning goals. As a former inclusion classroom teacher I understand progress looks different for each and every child. The work evaluation will be tailored toward your child's progress (not matter how big or small).
How often do we meet and evaluate?
I have two evaluation options.
Option 1: End of year evaluation. This one time evaluation meeting occurs between the months of April and mid-June. The cost is $55 (there is a $5 discount for each additional sibling).
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Option 2: School year evaluation and consulting. This option allows for three meetings.
The first meeting is at the beginning of your school year (July, August, or September) to discuss goals, curriculum, and address any questions or concerns. This also gives children who may experience anxiety or have unique needs a time to develop a relationship with me, allowing for a safe space come time for evaluation.
The second meeting takes place between October and January. We discuss progress toward goals, tweak goals if necessary, and address any other questions or concerns.
The third and final meeting takes place between April and mid-June. This is the formal evaluation.
The cost for a year of school evaluation and consulting is $120.