CITIZEN VOICES® Assessments for homeschooled kids?

Dec 12, 2017

A new bill, HB 1263, would require parents to report a home-school student’s academic progress to either the state commissioner of education, a resident district superintendent, or a nonpublic school principal. Read more about this issue

Should parents of homeschooled children be required to submit academic performance evaluations to a school official (either the commissioner of education, a local superintendent, or a private school principal)?

Discussion held on Citizens Count NH website and Facebook page November 29, 2017

201 citizens responded144 citizens opposed to homeschooling assessment reporting35 citizens in favor of homeschooling assessment reporting22 citizens said other

What Participants Said

No: 144 people were opposed to requiring parents of homeschooled children to submit academic performance evaluations to a school official.

  • “No. What's the purpose of homeschooling if you have to subject yourself to management by the state?  Keep the state out of parenting.”
  • “If I wanted my children to be held to public school standards, I would have sent them to a public school. …Based on my experiences and observations, I consider the proposed changes to be excessive and unnecessary.”
  • “No. …Tenured teachers are not fired based on performance. Why should the state involve themselves in the private lives and decisions of parents?”

Yes: 35 people were in favor of requiring parents of homeschooled children to submit academic performance evaluations to a school official.

  • “Yes. Absolutely. Children deserve a solid education. If they aren't getting it at home, it should be known.”
  • “Education is too important to society to allow people to fail to properly educate their children under the guise of homeschooling.”
  • “Homeschooled children need to show they have earned their academic progress just like anyone else.”

Other: 22 people commented on related questions and issues instead. 
These included:  

  • Indecision: “I'll have to look into this more before I form an opinion.”
  • Current policy: “How do home school kids get credited? Just wondering.”
  • Funding: “Why would tax money be returned to parents of home schooled children? Would this mean that I, as a taxpayer with no children in school, paying 75% of my taxes for schools, should get money back?”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes.

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Related Bill

HB 1263 (2018)
Bill Status: Killed in the House
Hearing date: Jan 25, 2018

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