Florida has one of the nation’s largest home education movements, with more than 55,000 students in about 37,000 families participating. Florida Statute 1002.1 governs home education and does not require parents to hold a teaching certificate to provide home education.
Children can receive home education through an array of venues, including learning from a curriculum taught by a parent at home and participation in school via the Internet through Florida Virtual School. A fully accredited public school with an established history of successfully educating students, FLVS is also an award-winning, international leader in online learning. FLVS offers more than 120 free courses to public, private, and homeschool students from kindergarten through grade 12.
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It’s easy for parents to establish a homeschool program for their children. First, parents must notify the school district in their county of residence, stating their intent to establish and maintain a home education program. The written notice must be signed by the parent and include the names, addresses and birthdates of all children who will be enrolled as students.
Notices must be filed in the district school superintendent’s office within 30 days of the establishment of the home education program. Consequently, if parents plan to cease home education, they are also required to provide the school district written notice of termination of the program within 30 days after termination.
Some counties offer and operate a variety of virtual school programs, many being affiliated with Florida Virtual School.
Parents have many responsibilities and are required to keep and maintain a portfolio of records and materials documenting the activities of their child’s homeschool progress. The portfolio consists of the following:
1. Educational activities log. This should include the type of instruction and the titles of any reading materials used in instruction.
2. Samples of any writing, worksheets, workbooks, or creative materials used or developed by the student. Parents must maintain the portfolio for two years and make it available for inspection by either the district school superintendent or the district school superintendent’s agent within 15 days after a written notice. The superintendent is not required to inspect the portfolio.
3. An annual educational evaluation. Students must also undergo an annual educational evaluation—a test—to document that their educational progress is at levels commensurate with their abilities. Parents have the flexibility of selecting the method of evaluation and are required to file a copy of the evaluation annually with the district school superintendent’s office in the student’s county of residence. The student’s annual educational evaluation must include one of the following:
• A Florida-certified teacher selected by the parent can evaluate the student’s educational progress upon review of the portfolio and discussion with the student.
• The student is allowed to take any nationally normed student achievement test administered by a certified teacher. One example of such a test is the Stanford 9 Achievement Test.
• Students can also take a state student assessment test used by the school district and administered by a certified teacher at a location and under testing conditions approved by the school district. The student shall be evaluated by an individual holding a valid, active license pursuant to the provisions of s. 490.003, or students can be tested using any other valid measurement tool as mutually agreed upon by the superintendent of the school district in which the student resides and the student’s parent. The superintendent shall review and accept the results of the annual educational evaluation of the homeschool student. If the student does not demonstrate educational progress at a level commensurate with her or his ability, the superintendent shall notify the parent, in writing. The parent is given one year from the date of receipt of the written notification to give the student remedial instruction. At the end of the one-year probationary period, the student shall be reevaluated. Continuation in a home education program shall be contingent upon the student demonstrating educational progress commensurate with his or her ability at the end of the probationary period.
According to the Florida Department of Education, about 37,000 families participate in home education programs in Florida. However, many homeschooling families enroll in nontraditional private schools that serve as an umbrella for their home education programs. These students aren’t registered with their local district, so they are not included in the state’s figure. So a true count of the number of homeschoolers in Florida has proved elusive. Click below for more info.
Any public, private, or homeschool student in kindergarten through 12th grade can choose to take free courses with Florida Virtual School just by being a Florida resident. How? FLVS is a public school, and public education is assured at no cost to Florida students.
Virtual learning, gives students a high-quality, technology-based education that provides the skills and knowledge they need. Whether it is one class due to a scheduling conflict or multiple classes that broaden your student’s educational journey, FLVS offers flexibility and accessibility. Every course is taught by a highly qualified teacher who is accessible for one-on-one consultation seven days a week, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., by phone, e-mail, text, social networking and in virtual study sessions.
FLVS serves more than 140,000 full-time and part-time students and offers more than 120 courses including core courses, honors, Advanced Placement, electives, world languages and grade forgiveness. You can register your student at any time during the year at FLVS.net
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