The Early Bird Special will open the end of February....
Directions: To get the special pricing, the Early Bird Special form must be submitted between Feb. 28th and May 31st for an evaluation that will be completed during June-Sept.
1. Complete the "Early Bird Special Evaluation Request Form" on this page to begin an
Early Bird Special evaluation.
2. Make payment online using credit or debit card, PayPal, or Square (request an invoice if needed), OR mail a check or money order, OR provide your child's Step Up for Kids Gardiner ID card or student number for direct pay through the scholarship program.
3. We'll review your documentation and email you within about a week to let you know if we need to see anything other documentation or need other information.
4. The evaluation will then be put on hold and completed with a simple phone call with the child(ren) about 4 weeks prior to your deadline (the anniversary of your letter of intent OR the date you send in a Letter of Termination because you are done homeschooling).
The call will be very brief and basically informs the child whether the child has passed or failed. No child will fail without advanced notice and discussion with the parent--usually via email.
5. Two forms (per child) will be emailed to you.
One will have notes about your documentation and is for your records.
The other has ONLY the information that must be sent to the school district.
6. Send your evaluation form(s) to the school district home education liaison.
Email is a great option.
A link will be provided with district contact information.
7. Save confirmation of receipt from home education liaison.
Early Bird Special option:
$36 for the first student
$10 more each additional student
Other evaluation options to consider
Early Bird Special FAQ
Must my child have finished the workbooks to do the evaluation?
Florida law does not require students to finish workbooks. Ever. (If it did, most schools would be in a lot of trouble.) Instead, Florida law requires that there be evidence of educational progress commensurate with ability. In other words, we should be able to see that the student has been learning and improving from the beginning of your homeschooling year.
How early can I submit the evaluation?
Florida law does not specify a time limit unless a letter of termination is submitted because the student is done homeschooling. If submitting a letter of termination, the evaluation must be done within 30 days of the letter of termination. We will work to get the evaluation paperwork to you approximately 4 weeks before your deadline.
What if my district doesn't accept the evaluation?
Our evaluations have been accepted since 2003 for districts across the state of Florida.
If a district does not accept paperwork, let us know. W've successfully fixed issues with school districts many times in the past and will do so again if necessary.
What titles do you want?
Florida law asks for titles of reading materials but does not define them. So you can include titles of materials that make sense to you.
Titles of reading materials can include titles of workbooks or textbooks, books, magazines, websites, games, or anything else that can be read. Titles of online classes can also be used if the online classes include reading material.
Authors names are not needed.
Titles of reading materials can be for materials that the child read, or listened to, or received instruction from, or were read to the child. As long as reading was involved, they can be considered reading materials.
How many titles are needed?
Florida law says "titles" which is plural. So at least two titles are needed. Most people include at least a dozen titles.
What if I don't send enough information?
We will notify you to let you know whether or not more information is needed. We are here to help you. If we need to see more information, we will help you figure out records that you can show us.
How many samples of work should be included?
Ideally, we want to see samples for a variety of subject areas.
We want to see, for each subject shown us, at least one (2 or 3 is better) sample from the beginning of your year and at least one from the end of your year so we can see the progress made.
What if I don't have samples of work for one subject?
Florida law doesn't specify subjects that must be covered. If you have no samples of work for one subject, you can fill it out with other subjects.
Note: Samples can, per Florida law, be of work done by the student or of materials used by the student. So, photos or screenshots of some pages read can count as samples. Or brochures from educational programs including museum pamphlets can be samples of work. Screenshots from websites used can be samples.
Can I send photos for samples?
Yes. Photos can make great samples of work. Photos of student projects, or assignments done, or awards won can be samples of work. Screenshots can be used as samples of work.
What do you want to see for the Log of Educational Activities?
Florida law asks for a Log of Educational Activities, but it does not define what it looks like. That's intentional to allow parents to keep records that make sense to them.
The Log of Educational Activities is often a lesson plan book or agenda with notes about the learning done. Some provide a list (or a portion of one) of projects, events, activities, field trips, or other activities beyond workbooks. Some include table of contents pages marked with date or check marks or something to show which parts were done. Some use a blog as a photo log of educational activities. Some include a report from online materials used.
Our suggestion: Mark your log as "Log of Educational Activities" to make it clear that you have one.
What if I didn't keep a log of educational activities?
A log of educational activities is required by log. If you didn't keep one, you will need to create one. If your child used workbooks, use the table of contents pages and mark them to show which parts of the workbook were used. Otherwise, a perhaps put together a summary of the all the special trips, events, projects, etc. that were done. Others make a schedule showing how their learning typically happened. Others might summarize the major topics studied over the course of the year.
What if my child's working below grade level?
Florida law requires students to make educational progress commensurate with ability--that is, learning. If you have records showing that the child is doing more advanced work now than at the beginning of the year, or has moved up levels, or has completed a good amount of curriculum, or has improved in skills, etc. then all will be fine.
How does the phone call work if my child is shy?
The phone call is for a brief discussion of the child's progress. Mostly this involves us telling the child about the progress seen. We've made the phone call work not only with shy children but even those who were considered nonverbal.
If there's a medical issue that prevents a discussion, let us know and we can discuss the situation.
How can I prepare my child for the evaluation?
Explain to the child that the school district wants to check to see if the child's been learning while at home and that a teacher has looked over records of what the child has been doing. Explain that the law doesn't let the teacher tell the district about his or her progress unless the teacher talks about it first with the student.
It may also help to reassure the child that the portfolio review evaluation is not a quiz nor a test and to explain that would always let the parent know first if there is an issue to worry about. We are here to help and will not spring bad news on a child without discussing it with the parent first.
Do you send the evaluation paperwork to the district?
No. Florida law requires the parent to submit documentation. We always give paperwork directly to the parent and let the parent decide if any additional information will be sent to the district.
We do include directions and a link to contact information for every Home Education Liaison in the state to help you find out where to send the paperwork. Please ask if you have any concerns about sending them your paperwork.
Help! I'm very nervous about this evaluation. Can you help?
Most people find the portfolio review evaluation is much less stressful than public school testing.
The purpose of the evaluation is to verify that the child is being educated. If you've kept records and the child's been learning, then passing the evaluation should not be a worry.