Notification Letter and Other Homeschooling Legalities

Ohio Homeschooling Requirements

While the state laws of Ohio allow for home education, there are requirements which govern the way a family proceeds with home education. Compared to other states, Ohio is considered a moderate state in which to home educate a child. The laws are simple to follow but the requirements are a bit more involved than what is found in other states. 

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Just the Ohio Homeschooling Facts

  • Notification Form 3301-34-02 of the Ohio Education Administrative Code must be filled out and submitted to the School District Superintendent where the student resided. 
  • Brief Outline of intended curriculum (plan) for the current year.
  • List of intended textbooks, courses, curricula or basic teaching materials. (Which serves for informational purposes only.)
  • Assessment report form 3301-34-04 for previous years. (If you are homeschooling in the state for the first time, this form does not apply to you.)

3 Options for Assessment 

  • Standardized Testing
  • Portfolio Assessment
  •  A mutually agreed upon option between the parent and local superintendent.
The above mentioned form are provided by The Ohio Department of Education and can be downloaded at the on their website here: Recommended Notification Form or you can find it on the CHEO (Christian Home Educators of Ohio) website under Forms. It has a list of things which you, as a parent or guardian, offer assurance of by checking a box. 

These assurances include:

Assurance that the home teacher has one of the following qualifications:o   A high school diploma; oro   The certificate of high school equivalence; oro   Standardized test scores that demonstrate high school equivalence; oro   Other equivalent credential found appropriate by the superintendent.o    Lacking the above, the home teacher must work under the direction of a person holding a baccalaureate degree from a recognized college until the child’s or children’s test results demonstrate reasonable proficiency or until the home teacher obtains a high school diploma or the certificate of high school equivalence.

Assurances that the following subjects will be taught:Please note the exception to the rule at the bottom of the list.o   Language, reading, spelling, and writing:o   Geography, history of the United States and Ohio; and national, state, and local government;o   Mathematics;o   Science;o   Health;o   Physical education;o   Fine arts, including music; ando   First aid, safety, and fire prevention.Exception to this rule is noted:  “that home education shall not be required to include any concept, topic, or practice that is in conflict with the sincerely held religious beliefs of the parent.”

Assurance that you will meet the minimum 900 educational hours.

There no requirement to submit a listing of educational hours, just that you will assure to meet a minimum of 900 educational hours.  

For those of you who are new to homeschooling, don’t let all those legal words scare you. Simply put, I have to notify the school board of our intent to homeschool our child. I simply write a letter stating that, I include his name, age and that all relevant documentation forms as mentioned above. I send in a list of planned curricula and the assessment form. In Ohio, an assessment can be done by any teacher who is certified in the state. They review a portfolio of the childs’ work for the year. Their main, focus is progression. They want to see that the child showed progress in learning. Ohio also offers another option for assessment, that is completion of an approved standardized test. I choose the portfolio option.

So I send all of the documents in to the school board and about 2 weeks later I receive back a letter from them which gives an excused absence for the school year.

I would like to point out that there is legal help available in the form of legal co-operatives. In Ohio there is the CHEO (Christian Home Educators of Ohio) organization which advocates for the legal rights of home educators throughout the state with the state legislature. The national legal aid co-operative that I am a member of is National Center for Life and Liberty. It is a non-profit organization that operates solely on donations, works to protect the rights of homeschooling families. They will offer legal defense if it becomes necessary to anyone who is a member. Another, HSLDA or Homeschool Legal Defense Association offers similiar protections but they are a profitable entity and charge a membership fee. I have heard wonderful reviews of both organizations, so don’t be afraid to look into them. They are there for your rights and protection as homeschooling families. They both also, lobby for your rights at local, state, and federal levels. They advocate for you in government.

For more information on homeschooling in the state of Ohio you can get an instant download copy of my eBook Ohio Homeschooling Guide & Directory. 

Ohio Homeschooling

What are the laws where you live? Are they harder or easier than Ohio? Share in comments or link up with the Homeschooling State by State Link up. 

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