AG: Options Limited on Tracking Tests of Home Schoolers

DECEMBER 8, 2006 - Posted at 3:15 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The state attorney general's office says school authorities have limited options for tracking the testing of home-schooled students.

In an opinion, the office notes that regulations allow the release of test scores only to the parents of home-schooled students. While parents are required to follow state testing requirements for their children, the home-schooled students don't have to take the Arkansas Benchmark and End of Course tests. Those tests are required for students in the public schools.

Last school year, about seven thousand home-schooled students were at the third through ninth grade level. About 70 percent of those students took the required Iowa Test of Basic Skills last spring.

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