Author Doesn't Want Homeschool Testing Bill to Pass

7:48 PM, Feb 11, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A bill before the South Carolina House of Representatives would require home school students to take the same standardized test as public school students.

"If I want my children to do well, I'm going to have to change my curriculum so that it's what the public schools are doing and that goes against why we chose to homeschool," said Ashlee Vickery who opposes the bill.

Vickery says her children do take standardized tests, however the specific test is not regulated by the state legislature.

"They need to be held accountable but I don't feel like the government needs to do that for me," said Vickery.

Spartanburg Republican Doug Brennon authored the bill.

Brennon told News19 it was written to "correct problems with school attendance and educational neglect.  The legislature has required schools to give students certain tests to confirm the students in a particular school are receiving that level of education.  3478 required those same tests for home school students."

"A lot of the standardized testing now, it's really a matter of teaching to the test which doesn't increase academic standards," said Scott Reeves, president of South Carolina Association of Independent Homeschools.

"If you can shape the schooling around their learning styles, around their interests, you really get a better outcome and that's the value of homeschooling," Reeves said.

Monday, Brennon told News19 he sent a letter to the chairman of the education committee "asking the bill remain in committee without a hearing, which kills this bill."































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