In 1988, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed Act 169, a law that amended the Pennsylvania School Code to allow parents or guardians to homeschool their children as an option to compulsory school attendance. For the convenience of Pleasant Valley homeschool parents/guardians this area of the Pleasant Valley School District website provides information including but not limited to a sample affidavit, a list of nationally normed standardized tests per the law, homeschool reference documents, and a list of homeschool organizations serving PA families.
Beginning Your Homeschool Program
· Parents/Guardians must file a notarized affidavit* for each child being homeschooled.
· The affidavit must be filed when the homeschool program begins and annually thereafter by August 1st.
· Attachments to the affidavit must include an outline of the proposed educational objectives arranged by
o Any student who has been identified under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as needing special education services (excluding those identified as gifted/talented) must have his/her homeschool educational program approved by a state-certified special education teacher or a licensed clinical or certified school psychologist.
*In regard to the supervisor's high school diploma or equivalency, the student's receipt of health & medical services and immunizations, legal custody and and criminal offenses as enumerated in subsection (E) of Section 111 of the School Code, the affidavit is considered to be, “satisfactory evidence of compliance with the law.”
Completion of the School Year
No later than June 30th of each year, the supervisor of the homeschool program must provide an evaluator’s report to the Office of the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction located in the Pleasant Valley Administration Building on Route 115 in Brodheadsville. This written evaluation of educational progress completed by a state certified teacher (with two years of teaching experience) or a licensed psychologist, or a non public school teacher or administrator (with at least two years teaching experience in the last ten years in either public or non public schools) who has reviewed the Homeschool Portfolio and interviewed the student.
Each student's portfolio must include:
· samples of student work
· a list which identifies by title the reading materials used throughout the school year,
· a log of instructional time (primary - 180 days or 900 hours; secondary - 180 days or 990 hours)
· standardized test results (as required in grades 3, 5, and 8)
The superintendent may request the portfolio and evaluation any time prior to June 30th if the superintendent has a reasonable belief that appropriate education is not occurring. Supervisors should consult 22 Pa. Code §§ 4.20 – 4.28 for information regarding age-appropriate courses.
The supervisor of a homeschool student who has been identified as needing special education services pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), must have the end of year evaluation done by a certified special education teacher or licensed clinical or certified school psychologist. This requirement does not apply to students who have been identified as gifted or talented.
Entering/Re-Entering the Pleasant Valley School District
Students entering or re-entering the Pleasant Valley School District after successful homeschool programs will be placed in a grade level closest to their chronological age and achievement level based on school district testing, using national testing norms, previous school records, present program options, and curriculum requirements. The school district may request to have the student evaluated by an assigned school psychologist and/or appropriate others to determine a course of study and current level of instruction. Any and all work completed in the homeschool program must be submitted for evaluation. The parent/guardian must request entry or re-entry from the homeschool program directly to the Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Upon notification from the Director of Curriculum and Instruction that the homeschool program is terminated or successfully completed, the student will be enrolled in the appropriate building site.
Under Act 169, any student whose homeschool program has been determined unsuccessful will have to return to school and repeat the grade for which homeschooling was scheduled.
The school district does not award a diploma or otherwise acknowledge the completion of a student’s education in a homeschool program. If a homeschool student enrolls in the school at any time, he/she must meet all graduation requirements/criteria as established by the school district.
For additional information on homeschooling, please see Board Policy No. 137 or contact the Office of Curriculum and Instruction at (570) 402-1000, ext. 1246.
More information can also be accessed by visiting the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) website at: http://www.education.state.pa.us or http://www.education.pa.gov/K-12/Home%20Education%20and%20Private%20Tutoring/Pages/default.aspx#.VpVoa1KGNAM.