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Evaluations & Portfolio Submissions in Philly

Evaluations & Portfolio Submissions in Philly

1.  HOMESCHOOL EVALUATIONS IN PHILADELPHIA

Can you believe the school year’s almost over?  If you haven’t already done so, now’s a good time to schedule an appointment with your evaluator.

You will need to have your child’s work evaluated if:

  • You are homeschooling* and your child is 8 or older.
  • You are homeschooling* and you turned in goals and objectives for your child.
  • You are homeschooling* and your child was previously enrolled in a public or private school.

* Please note:  If you are homeschooling via virtual charter school, you should follow your school’s requirements.

For more information about evaluations please click here: http://home.comcast.net/~askpauline/hs/homeschoolevals.html or for a list of evaluators in Philadelphia, please see this helpful website: http://home.comcast.net/~askpauline/hs/homeschoolevallist.html

2.  HOMESCHOOL PORTFOLIO SUBMISSION IN PHILADELPHIA

The Philadelphia school district is now requesting that homeschoolers have their portfolios submitted at the Office of Counseling and Promotion Standards at 440 N. Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19130.

Appointments can be made for Mondays or Thursdays beginning May 14th to June 25th from 10am to 6pm.

Homeschoolers will need to include the following in their portfolio submission:

  • Portfolio of student’s work for the 2011-2012 school year
  • Proof that your student has completed 180 days or required number of hours of work
  • Standardized test results for students in grades 3, 5, & 8.
  • Proof that the portfolio has already been reviewed by an evaluator
  • The school district is also requesting paperwork for the 2012 – 2013 school year

To schedule an appointment, please email Sandi Hollie at homeschooling@philasd.org.

For more information on Portfolio Submissions to the Philadelphia school district please see this attachment: THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA

Posted by Gwen Fredette on April 12, 2012

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11 thoughts on “Evaluations & Portfolio Submissions in Philly

  1. Hi Gwen…we just met with our evaluator. She told me that the appointments they are recommending are not required by law. Do you have any thoughts on this? This is my first year submitting a portfolio.

    1. Hi Theresa! Good question! According to PA homeschool law “Homeschoolers must provide their portfolios and the written evaluations of their children’s progress to the local school superintendent by June 30th of each year. The superintendent will return it after photocopying what he wants to keep for his records. Neither the parents nor homeschooled children have to see the school superintendent when they turn in their documentation. They can just drop if off and pick it up later after the superintendent photocopies what he wants to keep for his records.” (From the Guide to PA Homeschool Law, Tenth Edition pg 15). So yes, it is required by law that you submit your portfolio to the school district; it is not required by law that you stay for the appointment; you could come back and pick it up later. Last year I went with my portfolios. The appointment took 15 minutes, which was easier for me than dropping it off, running the risk that the school district might lose the portfolio, and then coming back later to pick it up. This arrangement is also simpler for the school district. Please feel free to contact the school district with any questions you may have. Their contact information is listed above. I can also put you in touch with both of the evaluators I’ve used who passed this information on to me. Hope this information is helpful! May God bless you with a wonderful day! – Gwen

  2. This is just one more example of the SD trying to have homeschoolers do things that are not required by law. Giving in to these unreasonable demands makes the SD believe that they can require anything of homeschoolers above the law. If this was really a “pilot program” it would follow the law to the letter. You can mail in a photocopy of all required samples and an original evaluators letter to the superintendent and be in compliance with the law. For your records, send it registeted, return receipt requested.

    1. Hi Darsam2! I know there are many homeschoolers that share your sentiments. The goal of my blog is to be a blessing to homeschoolers in Philly and to share information that might be helpful to these families. In my mind, sharing the district’s requests is helpful information. This is an issue that homeschoolers may choose to “agree to disagree” on. (See my earlier comment on this blog post.) Please contact the school district or HSLDA with any concerns you may have. I hope that my future posts will be an encouragement to you. May God bless you as you homeschool your children! Sincerely, Gwen

    1. Hi Michele, Thank you for providing texts of the Pennsylvania School Code. Since I am not an authority on homeschool law, I know it will be helpful to many readers.

  3. Gwen,
    Your readers might also find it helpful to know that the law does not prescribe the method of delivery for affidavits/objectives and portfolios to the Superintendent. While dropping off the required paperwork to the Superintendent is an option, one is not obligated to this method of delivery. Mailing copies of the required paperwork to the Superintendent via certified mail with return receipt is the approach that I and many use.

    Another bit of information your readers might find helpful is the address for where to mail paperwork. Send affidavit/objectives and portfolios to:

    Tom Knudsen, Acting Superintendent
    440 N. Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19130

    HSLDA recommends sending materials via certified mail, return receipt.

  4. Gwen,

    Please help your readers by providing a source or citation for the following information posted on your website:

    “Homeschoolers will need to include the following in their portfolio submission:
    •Portfolio of student’s work for the 2011-2012 school year
    •Proof that your student has completed 180 days or required number of hours of work
    •Standardized test results for students in grades 3, 5, & 8.
    •Proof that the portfolio has already been reviewed by an evaluator
    •The school district is also requesting paperwork for the 2012 – 2013 school year”

    1. Hi Michele,
      Please click on this link that you provided above and look at the pages I’ve cited:
      http://www.hslda.org/laws/analysis/pennsylvania.pdf
      “Portfolio of student’s work for the 2011-2012 school year” — pg PA 2, #3a
      “Proof that your student has completed 180 days or required number of hours of work” — pg PA 1 and pg PA 2 #3a
      “Standardized test results for students in grades 3, 5, & 8” — pg PA 4
      “Proof that the portfolio has already been reviewed by an evaluator” — pg PA 2 # 3b
      “The school district is also requesting paperwork for the 2012 – 2013 school year” — pg PA 1 Under letters a, b, c, d, e, f, & g. Then it says, “This paperwork must be provided prior to the commencement of the home education program and annually by AUGUST 1ST, thereafter.” Thus, it is entirely up to each homeschooler as to whether it is most convenient to provide paperwork for the 2012 – 2013 school year at this time or to wait until August 1st.

      Sincerely, Gwen

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