In the Bluegrass State the public school system is about average but “My Old Kentucky Home” offers very lenient homeschool requirements. According to Alec.org, Kentucky public schools rank 32 out of 51 in the nation. Parents who wish avoid the public school scene to bring their children home need only notify the board of education of the local school district of the names of children enrolled in the school and keep attendance records and school progress reports.
Under Kentucky homeschooling laws and court decisions, home schools are considered private or parochial schools. They must notify the school board of the names of the students attending (generally by sending a letter) within the first two weeks of school. They must keep records of attendance and progress reports (normally every nine weeks) like other private schools. Unlike other private schools, homes do not have to be always open for inspection under KY homeschool requirements, since they are protected by the US Constitution from search without a warrant.
According to a 1979 court decision, the only monitoring the state legislature may impose upon private and parochial schools is standardized testing. The legislature has not done this in any Kentucky homeschooling laws. Also, under KY homeschool requirements there are no textbook monitoring or requirements that teachers be certified or possess a college degree.
Public school students are monitored by standardized tests. Scores from 4th and 8th grade students and ACT scores indicate that Kentucky hovers right at the national average for academic achievement. Math scores are slightly below average in 4th and 8th grade, reading scores slightly above average. ACT scores are slightly under the national average. High school graduation rate is several points below the national average.
Homeschoolers are grateful for the opportunity given by Kentucky homeschooling laws to break free of that system and give their children a quality education in their own home.
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