Interpretation's Date: January 8, 2001
by superintendent David Stewart
Section: III. County Educational Administration
SubSection: A. County Boards of Education
January 8, 2001
Dear Ms. Byrant:
We are in receipt of your request concerning home schooling. Specifically, you
have asked whether an individual providing home instruction is still required to have
completed a course of education at least four years higher than the most academically
advanced child whom he/she will teach. Exemption B contained within West Virginia Code18-8-1 states, in pertinent part that
To date, the legislature has made no change to this law. Thus, aside from the exception exclusively pertaining to the 2000-2001 school year, the requirement still stands.
You should note, however, that the statute later states, in part, that:
"[t]he legislative oversight committee on education accountability shall conduct a study on the effects of the home instruction exemption on the students being instructed in the home. The study shall include, but is not limited to, the effects that a home instructor's education attainment level has on the academic abilities of the child instructed."
That study was to have been completed on or before December 1, 2000. Thus, depending on the results of the study, the legislature may further change this requirement during their upcoming session. I have attached a copy of West Virginia Code 18-8-1 for your further consideration.
Hoping that I have been of service, I am