Some people view homeschooling as a way to give their children the best possible education. Others see it as an open invitation for abuse and neglect. The truth is that homeschooling can be either of these things, depending on how you do it. And like any other educational option, there are specific rules and regulations in place to keep all students safe and within certain guidelines. This article will give you the information you need to know before exploring this option for your child’s education. What are the requirements, exemptions, and qualifications? We answer these questions and more below.
Homeschooling Requirements in Texas
In order to meet the requirements for homeschooling in Texas, you must first submit a form to your local school district, or notify them that you intend to home school. You will need to provide an application for approval from the state. Once this is done and approved, it can be used as a form of exemption from testing and most other state requirements.
In order for homeschoolers to be regulated under the same rules as public school students, they must meet the following regulations:
They must cover certain subjects on a yearly basis, including reading, grammar, math, social studies, and more.
They must provide a yearly assessment for each child.
The curriculum and material used must be approved by the state, and it must be directly related to Texas state standards.
Students must meet the same attendance requirements as public school students (180 days).
Exemptions for Homeschooling in Texas
The following exemptions may or may not be used when you homeschool your child. You will need to check with your local school district to find out which exemptions are valid in your area:
Your child is already enrolled in a private school or home instruction program outside of the public school system and has been for at least 90 days.
Your child has received credit for a class or for life experiences.
You have completed an affidavit of intent to homeschool and filed it with the school district.
Your child has attended public school but cannot be enrolled due to previously being truant, expelled, moved out of state, etc.
Requirements for Homeschoolers Taking State Tests
In order to take the state assessment tests, Texas homeschooling students must meet one of the following criteria:
Your child has already taken the test in public school, and it qualifies for retesting.
Your child is enrolled in a private school or another local educational program that provides instruction similar to what would be given at home.
You have completed and filed an affidavit of intent to homeschool with the public school district.
You have participated in instruction provided by a qualified instructor, or your child has completed other similar work that qualifies for the credit.
The rules for homeschooling in Texas are numerous, but this is just a summary. For more information on the requirements of homeschooling in your area, please contact your local school board or seek professional legal counsel to ensure you are meeting all applicable regulations.
Homeschooling in Texas has many advantages for both the individual and the community. This includes:
Tailored Education: Parents decide what is best for their child, and they can design their own curriculum based on that child’s needs.
Self-Direction: Homeschooled students are not forced to follow a school schedule or learn from a designated curriculum.
Community Engagement: Homeschooling allows children to be involved in more extracurricular activities, where they interact with the community at large.
Improved Achievement: Students who are homeschooled typically have high standardized test scores and better success rates post-graduation.
Homeschooling is a great option for many families, but it’s important to know the requirements and exemptions. This article outlines some of what you’ll want to consider before deciding whether your family should homeschool or not. If you’re considering this educational path for your child, be sure that he or she meets the minimum qualifications in order to take state assessments. You don’t need an attorney on retainer just yet–but if you have any questions about how Texas law affects your situation, contact us today! When we say “success,” we mean success at school AND outside of school; children who are enrolled in public schools may find themselves struggling with grades due to truancy problems they’ve had previously. Homeschooled students typically excel academically, but more importantly, they also feel a sense of ownership for their education–they can explore new interests and begin to develop habits that will serve them well both in high school and college. It’s difficult to raise a child on your own, but you don’t have to go at it alone! Putting the right support systems in place for you and your children will take some of the stress off your shoulders, and it will support their growth as well. You can do this!
Good luck with your child’s homeschooling journey!