The Coalition for Responsible Home Education is an organization comprised of formerly homeschooled students who feel (and, in many cases, rightly so) that their parents were derelict in their homeschooling. As such, the seek to see more legislation and regulations for homeschooling, and they’ve started to move toward recommending that homeschooling copy the public schools.
“A number of reasons have been proffered for the ACT’s growing popularity. What is clear, though, is that homeschooling parents have so far opted out of the educational world’s increasing embrace of the ACT. While most colleges and universities will accept either the ACT or the SAT, there are a number of reasons for preferring the ACT, including its wider subject breadth, and some states have begun using it routinely as a high school exit exam. Homeschooling parents have an obligation to keep up with trends in education that may affect their children’s futures, and as such, those with teenagers should look into whether the ACT may serve the needs of their children, whether to verify their completion of secondary education for their own records or for college admissions purposes.”
What’s interesting here is that the article they reference very clearly proffers the adoption of the ACT as a highschool exit exam as the number one reason for the spike in the number of students taking it (consumer-friendliness, cost, and the SAT’s plague of scoring errors, flaws, and large executive compensation are the others).
What’s troubling is their assertion that ” Homeschooling parents have an obligation to keep up with trends in education that may affect their children’s futures.”
Although I’m mostly about content that encourages here, I want you to know that this organization exists and is working very hard to change things about homeschooling. There isn’t anything they’re doing specifically in WA (there’s bigger fish with fewer regulations to fry), but it’s something I like to keep a pulse on.