Thinking About Home Schooling?
If you are considering the homes school option in the state of New York, there are certain pieces of information from the state legislature that you should keep in mind.
Homeschooling in the state of New York is dictated by Education Law § 3204(2) that states a child "may attend a public school or elsewhere." Home school regulations require parents to do the following:
1. Submit a notice of intent to home school to the district superintendent by July 1 (the beginning of the school year) annually, or within fourteen days of starting home schooling during the middle of a school year.
2. Fill out an Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP) form by August 15th or within four weeks of the receipt of the IHIP form from the school district (whichever is later), containing:
3. Maintain records of attendance (180 days). These are only required to be submitted upon request of the superintendent.
5. File an annual assessment with the last quarterly report. The assessment can either be a norm-referenced achievement test, or a written narrative evaluation.
The achievement test referenced can be administered by a certified teacher or by another "qualified person." A certified teacher, a home instruction peer group review panel, or other person can conduct the written narrative evaluation.
A parent could potentially administer the achievement test or conduct the written narrative evaluation. However, unless the assessment is administered at the local public school or a registered nonpublic school the parent is to choose the individual "with the consent of the superintendent."