Evidence of Progress Deadline: August 1st

Don’t forget! If you submitted a Notice of Intent and were homeschooling under the home instruction statute for the 2009-2010 school year, annual evidence of progress is due to your local school division superintendent by August 1, 2010.

Parents who filed under the religious exemption, the approved tutor provision or whose child was 5 years old or younger on September 30, 2009 do not need to provide evidence of progress.

There are two ways to satisfy this requirement:

  • Option (i): Scoring in or above the 4th stanine on any nationally normed standardized test.
  • Option (ii): Other form of evaluation or assessment which allows the superintendent to make a determination that the child is achieving an “adequate level of educational growth and progress.”

For more information about these options, please see the VaHomeschoolers Evaluation and Testing Information page.

Your Notice of Intent for the 2010-2011 school year can also be submitted with your evidence of progress, although it is not officially due until August 15, 2010. Many homeschoolers prefer to send these in together to simplify the process.

As always, if you have any questions about what is required, VaHomeschoolers is here to help. You can call our toll-free helpline at (866) 513-6173 or email our helpdesk at info @ vahomeschoolers.org.

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4 comments to Evidence of Progress Deadline: August 1st

  • jane smith

    We are a military family and have been in the process of moving to FT. Story,VA……..We will be over-nighting our tests back to the test center on Wed. with an E-mail response by Friday or Mon. the 1st of Aug….My question is this: Am I going to be penalized if the test results are a day or two late? Or are you penalized for not sending it in at all? I’m really not happy with having to live in a state that is not homeschool friendly……..I want to go back to Mich. where they leave you alone!Anyway,a quick reply is welcome.

  • Hi Jane. A quick clarification since you mentioned that you are in the process of moving to Ft. Story. Did you file an NOI for the 2009-2010 school year (ie, were you homeschooling in Virginia this past school year)? If you are just moving in, then there is no need to file evidence of progress. Evidence of progress is required at the end of a school year, not at the beginning.

    Assuming that you have already moved in earlier this year and that you notified them of your intent to homeschool, then yes, you must provide evidence of progress. The penalty for not providing evidence of progress is that the superintendent may put you on probation for next year. As far as being late by a few days, it has been my experience that most school divisions are are fairly reasonable. If they say anything, I would just explain why you are a few days late.

    I think that once you get settled in, you will find that it is actually not all that hard to homeschool here in Virginia, but I am sure that it seems very different from what you are used to. I have found that if you file your NOI at the beginning of the year and evidence of progress at the end, they pretty much leave you alone (we have been homeschooling in Virginia for 8 years now)

    You might be interested in this link for more information:

    New to Virginia
    http://www.vahomeschoolers.org/guide/new_to_Virginia.asp

    Please let me know if you have any additional questions!

  • Michelle S.

    Greetings Jane!
    I just wanted to tell you that homeschooling in Virginia has not been difficult at all. Each year I have my children tested in May, then submit the test results along the NOI to the school super. The rest of the year is up to my family. We change things up every year, sometimes more structured, other times it’s more “unschooling”. No matter how our school year goes, we do not need to “justify” anything to the school system (other than our test and NOI). Our school system even offers end of year testing (although we have not taken advantage – two of my kids are dyslexic, and sometimes need questions read to them for understanding). Why don’t you try to hook up with some local homeschoolers? They could probably help you get settled in with your homeschool “rountine”. Best of luck to you and your family.

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