1002.41 Home education programs.--
(1) A "home education program" is defined in s. 1002.01. The parent is not required to hold a valid regular Florida teaching certificate.
(a) The parent shall notify the district school superintendent
of the county in which the parent resides of her or his intent to establish and maintain a home education program. The notice
shall be in writing, signed by the parent, and shall include the names, addresses, and birthdates of all children who shall
be enrolled as students in the home education program. The notice shall be filed in the district school superintendent's
office within 30 days of the establishment of the home education program. A written notice
of termination of the home education program shall be filed in the district school superintendent's office within
30 days after said termination.
parent shall maintain a portfolio of records and materials. The portfolio shall consist of the following:
1. A log of educational activities that is made
contemporaneously with the instruction and that designates by title any reading materials used.
2. Samples of any writings, worksheets, workbooks, or creative materials used
or developed by the student.
The portfolio shall be preserved by the parent for 2 years
and shall be made available for inspection by the district school superintendent, or the district school superintendent's
agent, upon 15 days' written notice. Nothing in this section shall require the district school superintendent
to inspect the portfolio.
(c) The parent shall provide for an annual educational evaluation
in which is documented the student's demonstration of educational progress at a level commensurate with her or his ability.
The parent shall select the method of evaluation and shall file a copy of the evaluation annually with the district school
superintendent's office in the county in which the student resides. The annual educational evaluation shall consist of
one of the following:
teacher selected by the parent shall evaluate the student's educational progress upon review of the portfolio and discussion
with the student. Such teacher shall hold a valid regular Florida certificate to teach academic subjects at the elementary
or secondary level;
student shall take any nationally normed student achievement test administered by a certified teacher;
student shall take a state student assessment test used by the school district and administered by a certified teacher, at
a location and under testing conditions approved by the school district;
4. The student shall be evaluated by an individual holding a valid, active license pursuant to the provisions
of s. 490.003(7) or (8); or
5. The student shall be evaluated
with any other valid measurement tool as mutually agreed upon by the district school superintendent of the district in which
the student resides and the student's parent.
district school superintendent shall review and accept the results of the annual educational evaluation of the student in
a home education program. If the student does not demonstrate educational progress at a level commensurate with her or his
ability, the district school superintendent shall notify the parent, in writing, that such progress has not been achieved.
The parent shall have 1 year from the date of receipt of the written notification to provide remedial instruction to the student.
At the end of the 1-year probationary period, the student shall be reevaluated as specified in paragraph (1)(c). Continuation
in a home education program shall be contingent upon the student demonstrating educational progress commensurate with her
or his ability at the end of the probationary period.
home education program shall be excluded from meeting the requirements of a school day.
(4) Home education students may participate in interscholastic extracurricular student
activities in accordance with the provisions of s. 1006.15.
(5) Home education students may participate
in the Bright Futures Scholarship Program in accordance with the provisions of ss. 1009.53-1009.539.
(6) Home education students may participate
in dual enrollment programs in accordance with the provisions of ss. 1007.27(4) and 1007.271(10).
(7) Home education students are eligible
for admission to community colleges in accordance with the provisions of s. 1007.263.
(8) Home education students are eligible for
admission to state universities in accordance with the provisions of s. 1007.261.
(9) Home education program students may receive
testing and evaluation services at diagnostic and resource centers, in accordance with the provisions of s. 1006.03.
History.--s. 106, ch. 2002-387.
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