In America’s dairy land, public education ranks in the top 25% of the nation. Wisconsin homeschooling laws also get A, and important court decisions were made in this state, recognizing the right of parents to homeschool their children.
Public school students in Wisconsin in fourth and eighth grade math and science scored a good four points ahead of the national average. On the ACT, Wisconsin scores again are significantly above the national average. More impressively, along with the academic rigor, Wisconsin has a high school graduation rate of 81.3%, an incredible eleven percentage points above the national average. Based on these and other factors, Wisconsin was ranked 13 in the nation, according to Alec.org.
Under Wisconsin homeschooling laws, parents may substitute a “home-based private educational program” for attendance at public school. The parents either provide instruction themselves or designate someone to do this. They must submit an annual statement of enrollment by October 15. It should state that the homeschool satisfies five key WI homeschool requirements.
The requirements in Wisconsin homeschooling laws are as follows:
1) The “primary purpose of the program is to provide private or religious-based education”.
2) “[T]he program is privately controlled”.
3) The total hours of instruction is 875 or more hours.
4) The homeschool must “provides a sequentially progressive curriculum of fundamental instruction” (this must include the state’s six required subjects, except the WI homeschool requirements do “not require the program to include in its curriculum any concept, topic, or practice in conflict with the program’s religious doctrines”.)
5) The homeschool must not used for the purpose of circumventing WI compulsory attendance laws.
A key Supreme Court case in 1972 ruled that it is “the fundamental interest of the parents, as contrasted with that of the State, to guide the religious future and education of their children…This primary role of the parents in the upbringing of their children is now established beyond debate as an enduring American tradition.”
There are no WI homeschool requirements for teacher qualifications or standardized testing.
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