Category Archives: High School Admissions

NYC DOE Phones Homeschoolers About High School Applications

Elsa Haas, PAHSI’s director, has written this account of a phone call she received yesterday (December 27, 2013) from the NYC DOE (New York City Department of Education) about the HSAP (High School Application Process):

The phone rang. The caller I.D. read “Unknown”, but I answered anyway. A woman said that this was the NYC DOE calling. She asked for me by name and Continue reading

Homeschool Grade Level – It’s Mostly Your Choice

It continues to be the conventional wisdom in homeschooling circles in New York State that if a parent who is just starting homeschooling wants to, for example, “hold a child back” one grade level (in terms of the local public school age cutoffs of the moment), s/he should just go ahead without thinking twice about it – “because you can always skip him/her ahead later, if you want to.”

It’s true that under the New York State Regulations on Home Instruction, grade level is mostly the parent’s choice. One exception that Continue reading

Two Updates and One New Issue

Freedom of Information – NYC DOE Drags Feet (update for blog post dated 02/19/2013):

Eighty-four days after we filed our second Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request (and with impeccable precision timing for squelching any attempt to influence how the Round 2 high school application forms print out for homeschoolers), the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) finally declared itself ready to provide the information requested. We’ve added the most recent four emails to the compilation that can be seen at this link (you can start reading them at “Day 71” if you’ve already seen the previous emails, but first do read the “Warning” near the top): F9027.pdf Updated. These newer emails are self-explanatory. But we’ll follow up with a blog post at some point, as this continues to play out.

Kindergarten Changes in NYS – Parts 1 and 2 (update for blog posts dated 02/24/2013 and 03/10/2013)

We’ve heard nothing from the NYC DOE about this, and we don’t have any solid information from Rochester yet, either.

Computer Data Privacy Issue: inBloom, Inc. (new issue)

We’ve started looking into a nationwide controversy on the confidentiality of educational records – let’s call it “the inBloom issue”. The earliest article we’ve seen on this is from Reuters (K-12 Student Database Jazzes Tech Startups, Spooks Parents, 03/03/2013), at this link: Reuters . We’re trying to learn more about what this might mean for homeschooolers in NYS. If you have information for us (beyond what we can easily find ourselves on the Internet), please contact us at comments@pahsi.net .   

 

A Guide to the NYS Homeschool Regulations, Now Online

We’ve just uploaded a guide to the NYS homeschooling regulations, based on years of collective experience in encouraging and sometimes pressuring school districts (including the New York City “megadistrict”) to understand and follow them.

This document was originally written by Elsa Haas, director of PAHSI, for an international conference in Spain in 2011. But since it’s proven useful for NYS homeschoolers as well, we’ve now updated it to make it available on the Internet for the first time.

The Outline of Contents near the beginning of the document will tell you which numbered point to scroll down to for specific information (and a few anecdotes) on many, many aspects of the “Regs”: IHIPs, quarterly reports, testing, narrative assessments, peer group review panels, deadlines, prior records, grade level, correcting computer records, special needs, appeals – practically the whole shebang!

The current title is “How the Homeschool Regulations Really Work: Practical Nuances of the New York State Regulations on Home Instruction.”

Just click on the tab that says “NYS Regulations” at the top of this page. And please write to us at comments@pahsi.net to let us know what you think.

New Testing Options for Homeschoolers: Part 2 (of 3)

Part 1 of this blog post described the problem: admissions people sometimes view homeschooled kids’ test scores skeptically. Part 2 shows how the director of the New York City Central Office of Homeschooling replied to a parent’s email about this.

The director initially replied:

[…] If you intend to apply to the school, we’ll contact the representative and explain the portfolio process. […]

The parent then asked Continue reading