A student in a home education setting must be evaluated once a year to demonstrate educational progress at a level equivalent to his or her abilities.
The parent/guardian selects the method evaluation from those provided in Florida Statute, then files a copy of the evaluation annually in the superintendent's office. The evaluation must consist of one of the following:
- A Florida certified teacher chosen by the parent/guardian may evaluate the child's progress based on review of the portfolio and discussion with the student;
- The student may take any nationally normed student achievement test administered by a certified teacher;
- The student may 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;
- The student may be evaluated by a psychologist holding a valid, active license pursuant to the provisions of Section 490.003 (7) or (8), F.S.; or
- The student may be evaluated with any other valid measurement tool as mutually ageed upon by the school superintendent of the district in which the student resides and the student's parent/guardian.
Section 1002.41, F.S., requires the parent/guardian to provide for an annual evaluation of the home education student. Failure to do so places the home education program in non-compliance and permits the superintendent, after notice to the parent, to terminate the program. Non-compliance with this requirement should trigger the district's policy regarding non-compliance with compulsory school attendance.
While a parent may utilize several methods to assess student progress in the regular course of providing a home education program, for the purposes of Section 1002.41, F.S., only one method may be selected adn submitted to the school district.
"Annually" is defined in Florida Statute as one year from the date of the letter of intent. However some home educators may choose to follow the district school year deadline in order to follow the traditional school calendar.
Section 1002.41, F.S., defines a portfolio as "A log of educational activities which is made contemporaneously with the instruction and which designates by title any reading materials used and samples of any writings, worksheets, workbooks, or creative materials used or developed by the student." Including but not limited to:
- daily/weekly/monthly schedule
- lesson plans
- course objectives
- reading log
- student work samples demonstrating academic progression
The portfolio shall be preserved by the parent/guardian for two years and shall be made available for instpection by the superintendent, or the superintendent's agent, upon a 15-day written notice. the superintendent, or the superintendent's agent, is not required to inspect all portfolios.