Home school audit raises questions
LITTLE ROCK – An audit report about Arkansas’ more than 13,000 home-schooled children seemed to raise more questions for state lawmakers Friday than it answered.
The legislative audit report showed that while home school students scored higher on standardized tests than public school students, only 72 percent took the 5th, 7th and 10th grade exams in 2003.
During discussion of the report at the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee, Rep. Betty Pickett, D-Conway, said the state should determine why so many students did not sit for the exams.
‘It really disturbs me that there are a third of those children that we cannot account for,’ Pickett said. ‘We are responsible through state statutes and our constitution to provide an education for every child in Arkansas.’ Read more…