I enjoyed this article. It gives me a few new ideas on how to assess my children entering high school next year. I knew about the 75% textbook completion and dual enrollment. For me, the article offers options and another way of looking at things. After homeschooling for 20 years, I need to have some new ideas coming my way.
I also didn't see this article as negative toward PA home education. I saw it as pointing out that it's easy to homeschool high school in PA. 120 days/hours is relatively easy to do in any area of study. As is a 10 page paper if you have been learning how to write papers all along. Thanks for the article.
As a PA resident, I will defend PA Homeschoolers. Remember this is just one of several diploma programs in the state. Unlike other states, PA is one of the tougher home school regulated states. In order to receive a diploma, this is what PA Dept of Education says:
"How does a homeschooled child receive a high school diploma?
School districts do not issue diplomas to students in home education programs. Other diplomas are available:
A student may fulfill the necessary requirements of a home school organization to receive a home school diploma. The list of organizations recognized by PDE to issue diplomas is here: Home Education Organizations Serving PA Families =|
A student may successfully complete the GED test and receive the Commonwealth Secondary Diploma. Information is here: GED®/Learner Information
A student may successfully complete 1 year or 30 semester hours at an accredited postsecondary institution and submit that information to PDE and receive a Commonwealth Secondary Diploma. See the regulation: http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/022/chapter4/s4.72.html
Although not a high school diploma, for PHEAA grant and loan purposes, a student may request the Superintendent of his or her school district of residence to sign a PHEAA form or a letter on school district letterhead indicating the student has completed the requirements in the home education law for graduation per 24 P.S. Sec. 13-1327.1(d). "
Some parents love the option to seek guidance from an organization that supports homeschooling and provides a framework for high school. I do not know anyone personally who has chosen the ;ast option of "obtaining the signature of a superintendent".
Sometimes standards for high school are not set high enough and PA Homeschoolers, along with other organizations just sets the bar so our parents and students have some direction.
Many parents only chose to homeschool for elementary and middle. Some just for elementary. They are afraid to home school high school. PA Homeschoolers and other groups give them guidance, just as you do for your state and those who read your support on the web.
PA Homeschoolers have been instrumental in law changes that have helped homeschoolers in PA!
Thanks Karen! My comments are about this particular website, not about Pennsylvania homeschool law. It's certainly interesting reading, and ALL homeschoolers can learn something from it.
Those are just the requirements for the diploma you can earn from the PA Homeschoolers organization. So, if you want to get your diploma with them, then these are the rules to follow.
But like you said, it gives us non-PA people a good idea of what can be counted or credited. In other words, we don't have to make as bit a deal out of it as we might be!!!
This is not the state law for awarding credits in PA. There is no state standard for awarding credits in PA Homeschools. This is merely the requirement for ONE of several (I think there are at least 7) diploma programs available to homeschoolers in PA. We do not have to use any of these programs to homeschool our high school students in PA, they are merely options that many choose to validate their high school course work. They will keep the transcript for you and present you with an "official" transcript and diploma once you have met their requirements for graduation.
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