The Ins and Outs of Homeschool Evaluation in Florida
Before you start homeschooling, you need to be aware of all the requirements you must fulfill. Most state laws won’t let you take your child out of school and continue the learning process as you wish.
The Sunshine State poses a few demands parents should be aware of, including the homeschool evaluation in Florida. DoNotPay is here to break down the evaluation process and provide additional relevant info on homeschooling. Since there is some extensive paperwork involved, we offer to help with writing the letter of intent to homeschool.
Homeschooling parents in Florida must file an annual evaluation to the superintendent to show their student’s educational progress. You should choose the most convenient method of evaluation between the five options at your disposal. Take a look at the table below for more information:
|Method of Evaluation||Details||Cost|
|Teacher evaluation||You need to choose a Florida state certified teacher to:
|Psychological evaluation||A psychologist holding a valid active license can evaluate your child||$200 or more|
|State assessment||Your child can take the FCAT test at a location chosen by the school district. The score is sent to the superintendent, and they forward a copy to you||Free or nominal|
|Nationally normed test||You can choose any nationally normed test. Your child’s results will be compared with a national sample of other students. The tests need to be administered by a certified teacher, and available options include:
||Around $50–$60 in a group setting or $100 and more in a private setting|
|Special agreement||It is possible to agree on another method with the superintendent. The options include:
||Depends on the arrangement|
Parents homeschooling in Florida must file an evaluation annually and send it on the anniversary of the date of your notice of intent. If your district sends you a letter saying you must submit your evaluation by a specific date, you can ignore it because it is not supported by statute.
No matter what evaluation option you select, it is better to submit a letter to the school district rather than evaluation details or actual test scores. The evaluator’s letter needs to be short and to the point and should include:
- The same information provided in your notice of intent
- A statement that your child is performing at a level commensurate with ability
Either a certified teacher or a licensed psychologist must sign the letter. You can check out some sample homeschooling forms for ideas and guidance.
Homeschooling requirements differ drastically in different parts of the country. Some states have lenient rules, while others are strict. To successfully homeschool your child in Florida, in addition to annual evaluation, you must do the following:
- Keep a portfolio of educational records for two years
- Submit a letter of termination to the school district when you complete the home education program
- Send a written notice of intent to homeschool to the district superintendent
Since home-based education is complex and time-consuming, it’s good to delegate the administrative chores to someone. The good news is that you can turn to DoNotPay for help!
If you’d rather not deal with the red tape and waste time writing a letter of intent to homeschool—use DoNotPay. Our app drafts a perfect document instantly. To get a letter of intent to homeschool, you should:
- Sign up for DoNotPay
- Choose the Notice of Intent To Homeschool product
- Let us know the details of your school district
- Answer some questions about you and your child
Once you’re done answering our chatbot’s questions, you can choose to:
- Get your letter of intent to homeschool notarized
- Have us mail the letter to the district superintendent in your stead
- Download the PDF and file the letter yourself
When starting a homeschooling journey, you should learn as much as possible about the process. DoNotPay offers numerous practical articles to help you grasp the basics. Here are some commonly asked questions we can answer:
- Can you start homeschooling in the middle of the year?
- Can someone else homeschool your child?
- How many hours a day should you homeschool?
- Should you homeschool your child?
- How much does homeschooling cost?
- How can you choose the right homeschool curriculum?
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