Residents of the Sunflower state have reason to be proud of their public educational system as well as the Kansas homeschooling laws. Kansas legislators seem to have done a good job on this. Homeschoolers have the freedom to set up “non accredited private schools” once the school is registered, there are few other KS homeschool requirements.
The Kansas state motto “Ad astra per aspera” means “To the stars through difficulty,” and Kansas public school students seem to indeed “set their eyes on the stars”. Test scores several points above the national average and an above average high school graduation rate earned KS a national ranking of 7 out of 51, according to Alec.org. KS seems to do an especially good job teaching math, as grade four students ranked fourth in the nation, and grade eight students fifth.
Families who wish to school at home under Kansas homeschooling laws, should first register as a “non accredited private school”, with a school name and address. They should always refer to it as a private school, not a homeschool. There are few other KS homeschool requirements, other than that the instructor should be “competent”, the instructional time “substantially equivalent” to the public schools, and the instruction should be planned and scheduled and tests should be given. The type of instruction and the nature of the schedule, as well as choice of tests is left up to the instructor. Under Kansas homeschooling laws, determining the competency of the instructor is not the jurisdiction of the local authorities.
Under KS homeschool requirements, parents may also school as a “satellite” of an existing private school such that they are accountable to that local private school board. In 1988, the court found such a satellite to be in compliance with Kansas homeschooling laws. There are no standardized tests required under KS homeschool requirements.
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