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WHAT IS HOME EDUCATION?
Home Education is a parent-directed educational option that satisfies the requirement for regular school attendance. Florida Laws protecting home education became effective in 1985. Parents have the freedom to determine their child's educational path and the plan for reaching their goals. Students have the opportunity to explore and learn at their own pace, in any location or at any time. Home education students are able to enter institutions of higher learning and are eligible to participate in the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program. https://www.fldoe.org/schools/school-choice/other-school-choice-options/home-edu/
HOW TO FILE A NOTICE OF INTENT TO HOMESCHOOL?
Within 30 days of beginning your homeschool program, you must file a notice of intent to establish a home education program with the county superintendent. You do not need to file this every year. This notice must include the full legal names, addresses, and birthdates of your homeschool students. State law requires the superintendent to accept the notice and immediately register the home education program. The school district cannot require any additional information unless the student decides to participate in a public school program or service. No grade level may be assigned and a Social Security number (or other personal information of the student) cannot be included in any state or district database unless the student decides to participate in that public school program or service.
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DO I NEED TO KEEP A PORTFOLIO OF MY CHILD’S WORK?
Yes, for 2 Years. Throughout the year, you must keep a portfolio of records and materials. The portfolio must contain:
a log of educational activities made contemporaneously with the instruction, with a list of the titles of any reading materials used, and
samples of writings, worksheets, workbooks, creative materials, etc., used or developed by the student.
You must keep this portfolio for two years after it is completed. The district school superintendent or his or her agent can, but is not required to, review your portfolio only after 15 days’ written notice.
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DO I NEED TO EVALUATE MY STUDENT ANNUALLY?
Yes! Each student must be evaluated by one of the following options every year:
Have educational progress evaluated by a teacher holding a valid regular Florida teaching certificate and selected by the parent—the evaluation must include review of a portfolio and discussion with the student;
Take any nationally normed student achievement test administered by a certified teacher;
Take a state student assessment test used by the school district and administered by a certified teacher, at a location and under testing conditions approved by the school district;
Be evaluated by a Florida licensed psychologist or school psychologist; or
Be “evaluated with any other valid measurement tool as mutually agreed upon.”
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CAN I HOMESCHOOL WITH A PRIVATE TUTOR?
A. Select a private tutor to teach your child.
Your child’s instructor must hold a valid Florida certificate to teach the subjects or grades in which instruction is given.
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B. Keep records.
The certified teacher who is tutoring your child must keep records and make reports as required by the state and district school boards in accordance with Florida Statutes 1003.23.
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C. Provide the required days of instruction.
Students must be in attendance for 180 days (or the equivalent on an hourly basis).
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