Email of the Day:
I’m in the process of becoming a ‘qualified’ parent to provide Home-Based Instruction for my child. Each year I understand it is the law to have our children tested one of two ways: Standardized testing or Non-test assessment.
RCW28A.200.010 (C) states, “Ensure that a standardized achievement test approved by the state board of education is administered annually to the child by a qualified individual…”.
Who is a ‘qualified’ individual? I downloaded the Washington State’s Laws Regulating Home-Based Instruction from http://www.k12.wa.us/PrivateEd/HomeBasedEd/default.aspx and I found the following exert:
14. Who is a “qualified” individual for purposes of administering the standardized test? Tests reviewed by the Buros Center for Testing: the companies that produce the tests can authorize proctors for their tests. This can include parents of home-based instruction students.
State assessments: the state assessments must be administered by trained staff members of a school district (e.g., teachers, ESAs, EAs, substitute teachers) under the general supervision of a certificated employee. This also includes student teachers and interns who have a contract with the district.
I am being told conflicting information by parties that offer the Test for an additional cost. They state the Test has to be administered by a ‘certified teacher’ but that is not correct. The law states‘qualified’ individuals can include parents of home-based instruction students.
Do you have any insight into this matter that I have overlooked? I’m sure there have been other parents asking this same question.
It is the testing companies who qualify individuals to administer their tests. In the case of, for example, the Woodcock Johnson, you not only have to be a psychologist, but you also have to have specialized training to administer that test. Some companies (BJU, for example) require you to have a bachelor’s degree to administer their tests. Others (FLO, for example) require only that you be a homeschooling parent (familylearning.org).
The law does NOT require you to be a certificated teacher to administer the test. It does require a certificated teacher to administer an annual assessment (the alternative to testing):
RCW 28A.200.010(1) (c) Ensure that a standardized achievement test approved by the state board of education is administered annually to the child by a qualified individual or that an annual assessment of the student’s academic progress is written by a certificated person who is currently working in the field of education.
Some states specify certificated teachers. Some states specify a non-related individual. Our state does not, on either count.
–Jen Garrison Stuber, WHO Board Advocacy Chair