Nov. 30, 2013
The Home Education Regulation Working Committee (HERWC) meeting on Nov.27 went well.
I identified serious concerns with the survey results analysis and gross inaccuracies with calculations. Home educator survey responses in the form of 'other' had not been included when completing the calculations. I was later advised that these corrections had been passed along to the 3rd party contractor and other committees. I anticipate corrective measures and measurements will be taken.
A summary of the survey results (with anticipated corrective changes) will be on-line presently, as will the raw data (devoid of identifying markers). Individuals are encouraged to conduct their own analysis, and should other inconsistencies be identified, please advise AHEA as soon as possible.
There was a push for formal evaluation methods, not for the purpose of student enhancement, but for individual student success monitoring. AHEA continued to stand against systematic and mandated evaluation of home educating students, and the survey responses clearly support AHEA's stand. AHEA spoke boldly against the use of assessment results as a means for terminating home education programs.
The conversation and desire to shut down congregate sites or insist that they become private schools was again voiced. This topic continues to be the center of discussion amongst other stakeholders. There was a reminder to those promoting this thought that delegation does not mean parental abdication of responsibility.
Recommendations from tht various stakeholders in education are being passed onto Maureen Kubinec, MLA chair of the Education Act Regulatory Review Committee (EARRC) this week. AHEA is preparing its own final recommendation document that will also be submitted. It will then be the responsibility of the EARRC to make recommendations for the Home Education Regulation to Education Minister Johnson. Minister Johnson has the final say as to what is put in the regulation.
Reminder to home educators: It is important for those involved with these sites - and to ALL home educators - to be visiting their MLAs to renew and strengthen a positive relationship.
Another HERWC meeting was tentatively scheduled for January 10, 2014.