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leighp1
Anyone know about Florida Evaluations?
by leighp1
January 27, 2013 at 7:10 AM

I have written to the county homeschool person and asked her about the evaluations and all I get is that Florida certified teachers, psychologists and one other person can evaluate your child.  I have a certified teacher that said she would do it for me, but she has no clue as to what they want.  Anyone know anything about this?  I know that  I have until the end of the school year to do it, we just want to be prepared.


Thanks in advance.

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  • tuffymama
    January 27, 2013 at 8:29 AM
    Start here:
    http://www.fpea.com/sailing-through-evaluation-season/
  • tuffymama
    January 27, 2013 at 8:32 AM
    Florida Evaluation Law (Statute 1002.41)

    “The parent shall provide for an annual educational evaluation in which is documented the student’s demonstration of educational progress at a level commensurate with her or his ability. The parent shall select the method of evaluation and shall file a copy of the evaluation annually with the district school superintendent’s office in the county in which the student resides. The annual educational evaluation shall consist of one of the following:

    1. A teacher selected by the parent shall evaluate the student’s educational progress upon review of the portfolio and discussion with the student. Such teacher shall hold a valid regular Florida certificate to teach academic subjects at the elementary or secondary level;

    2. The student shall take any nationally normed student achievement test administered by a certified teacher;

    3. The student shall 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;

    4. The student shall be evaluated by an individual holding a valid, active license pursuant to the provisions of s. 490.003(7) or (8); or

    5. The student shall be evaluated with any other valid measurement tool as mutually agreed upon by the district school superintendent of the district in which the student resides and the student’s parent.”
  • romacox
    by romacox
    January 27, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    In Florida, there are a number of home school moms who are also certified teachers, and they do  do these evaluations on a regular basis.  If you contact your District Coordinator or home school groups in your area, they can likely guide you to one of them.    Florida Home School Districts.

  • mem82
    by mem82
    January 27, 2013 at 11:22 AM
    I know that here in Ohio, the teacher signs a paper that just says the child has shown progress and whatnot. I can take a picture of mine from last year, later, if you want.
  • kirbymom
    January 27, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Hi leigh. Maybe this will help you....


    End of the year testing and evaluations are sooooo easy. School, and county personnel seem to stress parents with misinformation, or almost no information about evaluation requirements for homeschooling. This discourages many parents, and even causes some parents not to homeschool their children.

    Email, or call me anytime, for evaluations done easily, quickly and very economically ($25) I am a FL Dept. of Education certified (exp. date: 6/30/16) teacher : CCTucker7@ gmail .com (no spaces of course)    OR      904-272-7245 / 786-525-3545   anytime.              CCTucker – Homeschooling Father / FL certified teacher – evaluator

    Some county offices send letters, and even answer questions over the phone from their home education offices, as though a parent is required to hire a professional testing corporation, or something, to conduct some vigorous standardized test, or in depth evaluation, which will include an inspection of their home, just to fulfill the requirements of an annual evaluation for homeschooling. How deceptive!

    The county education office personnel that intimidate and stress parents in this way, or in any way,  should be ashamed of themselves and stop it, please.

    To get an annual portfolio evaluation and/or standardized test done easily, quickly, inexpensively and without any stress, by a highly experienced & qualified educator and homeschooling parent, click on the following link:

    http://www.homeschool-evaluations.com/

    Here is a good place to get some questions answered about the process of an annual evaluation and testing:

    http://www.homeschool-evaluations.com/blog/?cat=9

    The following is the requirements section of the Florida State Law for Homes education:

    1002.41 Home education programs.—

    (1) A “home education program” is defined in s. 1002.01. The parent is not required to hold a valid regular Florida teaching certificate.

    (a) The parent shall notify the district school superintendent of the county in which the parent resides of her or his intent to establish and maintain a home education program. The notice shall be in writing, signed by the parent, and shall include the names, addresses, and birthdates of all children who shall be enrolled as students in the home education program. The notice shall be filed in the district school superintendent’s office within 30 days of the establishment of the home education program. A written notice of termination of the home education program shall be filed in the district school superintendent’s office within 30 days after said termination.
    (b) The parent shall maintain a portfolio of records and materials. The portfolio shall consist of the following:

    1. A log of educational activities that is made contemporaneously with the instruction and that designates by title any reading materials used.
    2. Samples of any writings, worksheets, workbooks, or creative materials used or developed by the student.

    The portfolio shall be preserved by the parent for 2 years and shall be made available for inspection by the district school superintendent, or the district school superintendent’s agent, upon 15 days’ written notice. Nothing in this section shall require the district school superintendent to inspect the portfolio.

    (c) The parent shall provide for an annual educational evaluation in which is documented the student’s demonstration of educational progress at a level commensurate with her or his ability. The parent shall select the method of evaluation and shall file a copy of the evaluation annually with the district school superintendent’s office in the county in which the student resides. The annual educational evaluation shall consist of one of the following:

    1. A teacher selected by the parent shall evaluate the student’s educational progress upon review of the portfolio and discussion with the student. Such teacher shall hold a valid regular Florida certificate to teach academic subjects at the elementary or secondary level;
    2. The student shall take any nationally normed student achievement test administered by a certified teacher;
    3. The student shall 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;
    4. The student shall be evaluated by an individual holding a valid, active license pursuant to the provisions of s. 490.003(7) or (8); or
    5. The student shall be evaluated with any other valid measurement tool as mutually agreed upon by the district school superintendent of the district in which the student resides and the student’s parent.
    (2) The district school superintendent shall review and accept the results of the annual educational evaluation of the student in a home education program. If the student does not demonstrate educational progress at a level commensurate with her or his ability, the district school superintendent shall notify the parent, in writing, that such progress has not been achieved. The parent shall have 1 year from the date of receipt of the written notification to provide remedial instruction to the student. At the end of the 1-year probationary period, the student shall be reevaluated as specified in paragraph (1)(c). Continuation in a home education program shall be contingent upon the student demonstrating educational progress commensurate with her or his ability at the end of the probationary period.
    (3) A home education program shall be excluded from meeting the requirements of a school day.
    (4) Home education students may participate in interscholastic extracurricular student activities in accordance with the provisions of s. 1006.15.
    (5) Home education students may participate in the Bright Futures Scholarship Program in accordance with the provisions of ss. 1009.53-1009.539.
    (6) Home education students may participate in dual enrollment programs in accordance with the provisions of ss. 1007.27(4) and 1007.271(10).
    (7) Home education students are eligible for admission to 1community colleges in accordance with the provisions of s. 1007.263.
    (8) Home education students are eligible for admission to state universities in accordance with the policies and guidelines of the Board of Governors.
    (9) Home education program students may receive testing and evaluation services at diagnostic and resource centers, in accordance with the provisions of s. 1006.03.
    History.—s. 106, ch. 2002-387; s. 82, ch. 2007-217.
    Note.—Section 21, ch. 2010-70, directs the Division of Statutory Revision to prepare a reviser’s bill to substitute the term “Florida College System institution” for the terms “Florida college,” “community college,” and “junior college” where those terms appear in the Florida K-20 Education Code.

    http://www.floridaschoolchoice.org/information/home_education/FAQs.asp#def

    For simple, quick and inexpensive evaluations call me anytime 786-525-3545Charles Tucker – homeschooling father
    FL Certified Educator/Evaluator/Test Administrator
    FL Dept. of Ed. Certificate #749854 exp. 6/30/16

  • TheNJGirl
    March 18, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Hi Leigh,

    My husband is a certified evaluator in the whole state of FL. He does evaluations in person and cyber evaluations. We homeschool our 5 children. Please check out our website - www.homeschool-evaluations.com - there is a lot of info on there on what a teacher is required to do to perform an evaluation. Most certified teachers don't understand homeschooling, so doing an evaluation seems scary to them.

    Happy homeschooling!

    Maggilu

  • leighp1
    by leighp1
    March 19, 2013 at 6:36 AM

    Thank you so much.  I will check it out.

    Quoting TheNJGirl:

    Hi Leigh,

    My husband is a certified evaluator in the whole state of FL. He does evaluations in person and cyber evaluations. We homeschool our 5 children. Please check out our website - www.homeschool-evaluations.com - there is a lot of info on there on what a teacher is required to do to perform an evaluation. Most certified teachers don't understand homeschooling, so doing an evaluation seems scary to them.

    Happy homeschooling!

    Maggilu


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