Section 1. Assessment of Performance.
Paragraph (a) allows nonpublic schools to assess students using a nationally recognized college entrance exam. Removes the requirement of the superintendent and the person in charge of the child’s instruction to agree on an examination.
Paragraphs (b) and (c) strike language requiring a home school parent to assess student performance beyond the requirements of the national test administered to the student.
Section 2. Reporting.
Subdivision 1. Reports to the superintendent.
Paragraph (a) requires the person in charge of providing instruction to a child to provide information to the resident superintendent on the student in the first school year in which the child receives instruction after the age of seven, within 15 days of when a parent withdraws a child from public school, within 15 days of moving out of a district, and after a new resident district is established.
Paragraph (b) requires the person in charge of providing instruction to a child to annually submit a letter of intent to continue to provide instruction.
Paragraph (c) allows the superintendent to collect the required information in an electronic format.
Subd. 2. Availability of documentation.
Paragraph (a) directs the person in charge of providing instruction to maintain documents, instead of making documents available, indicating that a home school student is receiving required instruction and has been assessed.
Paragraph (b) directs the parent of a home school student who enrolls in public school to provide the enrolling school or district with standardized test scores and other documents the school requires to determine placement and course requirements.
Paragraph (c) requires the person in charge of providing instruction to a child to make documentation available to a county attorney in certain circumstances.
Subd. 3. Exemptions. Aligns the exemptions of accredited nonpublic schools from the requirement to maintain documents with the changes made in subdivisions 1 and 2.
Subd. 4. Reports to the state. Requires the superintendent to report to the commissioner on the total number of nonpublic children in the district. Strikes the requirement of the superintendent to include compliance data in the report.
Subd. 5. Obligations. Maintains the obligations of the compulsory attendance statute.
Section 3. Report. Removes home school parents’ annual reporting requirement to the superintendent in favor of reporting in the first year of home schooling in Minnesota and the 7th grade year.
Section 4. Providing education materials and tests. Limits nonpublic pupil aid for textbooks to nonpublic schools with enrollment that exceeds 15 students.
Section 5. Provided services. Limits nonpublic pupil aid for certain health and counseling services to nonpublic schools with enrollment that exceeds 15 students.
Section 6. Person less than 18 years of age. Allows a home school student’s parent to certify the homeschool and home-classroom driver training status instead of the superintendent.
Section 7. Offenses. Directs the department of public safety to revoke a driver’s license for falsifying the certification required to issue an instruction permit to a home school student.
Section 8. Violations. Makes it a violation to falsify the certification required to issue an instruction permit to a home school student.
Section 9. When issued. Allows the person in charge of providing instruction to home school students to issue an employment certificate to a minor who wishes to work during school hours.
Section 10. Repealer. Repeals section 120A.26, subdivision 1 (on-site visits), and subdivision 2 (alternative to visits).