Ark. Code § 6-15-504 - Enrollment or reenrollment in local schools

Cite as:Ark. Code § 6-15-504
Currency:Current through the 2019 Legislative Session, Acts 1 through 1092
 
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[(a) Each student enrolled in a home school program who is considered to be at grade level or no more than two (2) years beyond the normal age for the appropriate grade for which the state mandates norm-referenced tests for public school students shall be tested using a nationally recognized norm-referenced achievement test selected by the State Board of Education.]

[(b)(1)(A) The administration of the tests required of home-schooled students shall be by the executive directors of the education service cooperatives established under The Education Service Cooperative Act of 1985, § 6-13-1001 et seq., or as otherwise designated by the Department of Education.]

[(B) For the purposes of this section, the superintendents of the Little Rock School District, North Little Rock School District, and Pulaski County Special School District shall act in lieu of an education service cooperative executive director.]

[(2) The executive directors of the education service cooperatives shall establish a common set of procedures approved by the Commissioner of Education for the proper administration of the tests required by this section.]

[(3) The administration shall include purchasing the test materials, giving the tests, scoring and interpreting the tests, and reporting test results.]

[(c) The cost of testing required by this section shall be the responsibility of the department when the tests are administered by the directors of the education service cooperatives or other department designees.]

[(d)(1) Alternate testing procedures may be approved by the executive director of an education service cooperative after consultation with the parents of a home-schooled student.]

[(2) However, any costs associated with an alternate testing procedure shall be the responsibility of the parents.]

[(e)(1)(A) Any student who refuses to participate in the testing program or the alternate testing program required by this section has not met the statutory prerequisites for home schooling and, as any other student, shall be subject to the applicable Arkansas laws regarding truancy.]

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