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Wisconsin Plan calls for home-schooler testing

Mukwonago – Home-schooled students could have to take tests so high school officials can confirm that the teenagers have done the work their parents say they have.

A proposed policy before the Mukwonago School Board would require any high school student who is not coming from “a recognized or accredited public/private educational institution” to take a semester final exam or achievement test for a report card grade in certain subjects. Students would be required to pay $20 for each test taken, with a maximum $160 charge.

Requiring a test also would allow the district to properly place the students in high school classes and make sure they’re ready for the courses they enroll in, said Principal Dale Henry and district curriculum director Kathy Kippers.

The new mandate would replace a policy that allows the high school to test home-schoolers, but which Henry said he has been reluctant to use for fear that students will feel picked on. Current policy also automatically gives a “satisfactory” mark for home-school credits. Read more…

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