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Friday, August 10, 2007

Potential changes to college admission requirements for homeschoolers in FL

Homeschoolers recently noticed changes to college admissions requirements that seem to include acceptance recommendations for homeschoolers as well. Until recently, Florida Statute 1007.261 governed state university admission, specifically stating that home education students did not need to demonstrate completion of specific courses in order to be considered for admission to state colleges and universities. Thanks to some research by a local home educator, we know the following:

The full text of the original statute can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/2w6eqm

This statute was repealed in the 2007 regular legislative session, and the home education statute (1002.41) was amended as follows:

(8) Home education students are eligible for admission to stateuniversities in accordance with the policies and guidelines ofthe Board of Governors provisions of s.1007.261.Full text of the session law is here:http://election.dos.state.fl.us/laws/07laws/ch_2007-217.pdf

A 'proposal to propose' rule, titled 6C-6.002, has been located on the Florida Board of Governors website (http://www.flbog.org/bog/) that puts forth a minimum SAT score for home education students, and provides that colleges can require additional documentation from home education students. A portion of the text is below.

Information about the proposed regulation and Thursday's BOG meeting in Tampa can be found here:http://tinyurl.com/2pevs2 This rule has not been published in Florida Administrative Weekly, yet, and as far as our intrepid homeschool researcher can tell, the upcoming meeting will approve it for publication.

Snipped from Proposed 6C-6.002

Undergraduate Admission of First-time,Degree-seeking Freshmen(3) Normally a high school diploma from a Florida public or regionallyaccredited high school, or its equivalent, shall be required for admission to a state university. Students completing a home education program according to Section 1002.41, F.S., are eligible for admission; however, each university may require additional documentation to verifystudent eligibility. Students admitted under early admission in accordance with Board of Governors regulation are exempted from this requirement while they are classified as early admission students.(4)

A student applying for admission who is participating in a non-traditional high school program must present credentials equivalent to those described in regulation as judged by the individual SUS institution to which the student has applied. A student whose high school educational program is not measured in Carnegie Units mustpresent a test score of at least 1010 on the SAT I, SAT Reasoning Test Critical Reading and Mathematics portions, or the equivalent on theACT; or a combined test score of 1450 on the SAT Reasoning Test.Students with test scores from older versions of the admission test(s)may be required to retest for admission purposes.Hillsborough County.

Cathy Russell, Home Education Specialist with the Office of Independent Education, responded promptly to a Learning is for Everyone inquiry about this issue:

"...Once the board approves the intent to publish notice of the proposed regulation, that notice will be posted for 30 days on the BOG websitehttp://www.flbog.org/BOG_regs/ We'll have 14 days from posting of the notice to comment.

"The change in regulation is subtle.

"With the repeal of 1007.261,home ed students have lost the specific statutory guidelines it provided, but practically speaking the change in rule may not be significant. However, the reference to home ed in the first paragraph of the new rule (Students completing a home education program according to Section 1002.41, F.S., are eligible for admission; however, each university may require additional documentation to verify student eligibility) [seems] a little ...vague ..."

Cathy Russell
Home Education Specialist
Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice Office
Main: 850-245-0502
Office Fax: 850-245-0868
Web: www.floridaschoolchoice.org

We'll keep you posted as we learn more, and will include additional information and documentation about this issue as discussion progresses.

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