New legislation provides exemption for home-school academic assessment report for 2019-2020


Section 5 of recently enacted Ohio House Bill 164 prohibits a school district from requiring the parent of a home-school student to submit an academic assessment report as a condition for continuing to provide home education to a student. Under Ohio Administrative Code 3301-34-04(B), the academic assessment report must include either test results (for example, a nationally normed, standardized achievement test or Ohio’s State Tests) or a written narrative indicating a portfolio of samples of the child's work has been reviewed and the child's academic progress for the year is in accordance with the child's abilities. Ohio HB 164 exempts parents from having to provide this documentation to the resident school district for the 2019-2020 school year. This exemption reflects the reality that assessments and portfolio reviews could not be completed in the spring of 2020 due to public health orders issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. School district superintendents should not require an academic assessment report from a parent to grant permission for the parent to continue home education in the 2020-2021 school year and should issue a letter of excuse as long as all other information submitted to the superintendent is determined to be in compliance with regulatory requirements.