By Ryan Quinn, Staff Writer for the Gazette-Mail

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed a bill earlier this month that will significantly reduce rules for West Virginia home-schooled students, as well as for parents who want to home-school their children.

The new law (HB 4175), which will take effect in late May, no longer will require annual assessment reporting for home-schooled students, whether they submit tests or portfolios. If their chosen test vendors allow it, parents now will be able to administer their kids’ tests, and teachers reviewing home-schoolers’ portfolios no longer will have to submit teacher certification numbers.

The law also lowers the threshold that home-schoolers must pass on tests to achieve “acceptable progress,” requires that county school superintendents show probable cause before seeking court orders denying home-schooling for kids, and it removes the annual requirement that parents notify their local superintendent or school board of their intent to home-school.

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