As Florida homeschooling parents, you are required to provide for an annual evaluation documenting your child's demonstration of educational progress at a level commensurate with their ability. This means that an evaluation will be due one year (and every year thereafter) from the date you established your home education program (i.e., filed your Notice of Intent with your district school superintendent). Florida Statute 1002.411 allows parents to meet this annual requirement by doing one of the following:
Have your child's portfolio reviewed by a Florida teacher of your choice who holds a valid regular Florida certificate to teach academic subjects at the elementary or secondary level. The evaluation must include discussion with your child.
Have your child evaluated by a psychologist holding a valid, active license pursuant to the provisions of Florida Statute 490.003(7) or (8)2.
Have your child evaluated with any other valid measurement tool as mutually agreed upon by the district school superintendent of the district in which you and your child reside. This may include the submission of FLVS transcripts or dual enrollment transcripts, for example.
You will send the results of the evaluation or the test results to your district school superintendent. The district school superintendent must accept the results of your child's annual evaluation. The school superintendent will notify you in writing if your child does not demonstrate educational progress at a level commensurate with their ability, and you will have one year to provide your child with remedial instruction. At the end of the year, your child must be reevaluated. If your child is still not demonstrating educational progress commensurate with their ability, you will not be able to continue a home education program.
This information is not legal advice and should not be used as such. Please see Florida Statute 1002.41 for detailed information.
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