Looking for an Evaluator for your student?
For a list of registered elementary Evaluators, please click here.
For a list of registered elementary and secondary Evaluators, please click here.
Are you a qualified elementary Evaluator who wishes to be listed on the MDHSA website?
Please email email@example.com with “Elem Eval – YOUR NAME” in the subject line.
Please provide your name, city, county, phone number, email address, and which contact information you would like to have published on our website.
Please also include if you can pre-approve for handicapped.
Are you a qualified secondary Evaluator who wished to evaluate for the MDHSA Diploma Program?
Please read the Evaluator Agreement and register here.
Please follow the registration instructions carefully!
PA Law requires that an Evaluator evaluate a student each year. The student takes the portfolio of samples of the work done throughout the year to the Evaluator who then reviews the portfolio and writes an evaluation, which the parent provides to the local superintendent. There is usually a fee charged for this service, but some Evaluators do this service free of charge. Read more about Evaluators and Evaluations in the “MDHSA Law Guide,” available on this website at http://www.mdhsa-pa.org/pa-homeschool-law/.
Qualified Evaluators are those with one or more of the following, according to the PA Home Education Law:
- PA Teacher Certification, whether current or not,
- Must have 2 years grading experience in the past 10 years
- Licensed clinical psychologist
- Certified School psychologist
- A non-public school teacher with two years of teaching experience in the last 10 years in a PA public school or non-public school
**Another provision in the law states that “At the request of the supervisor, persons with other qualifications may conduct the evaluation with the prior consent of the district of residence superintendent.”
An Evaluator who does not meet any of the criteria in the first list, may receive permission from a school district superintendent to evaluate students. To receive this permission, the parent must request of the superintendent to have that person evaluate his children. The parent should write a letter requesting that the person be approved, and make the superintendent aware of this provision, as most superintendents are unaware of this section of the home education law. In the petition to the superintendent, the parent should add the following statement, which includes a quote from the home education law:
According to the Pennsylvania home education law (Act 169-1988) “At the request of the supervisor, persons with other qualifications (than those listed in the home education law) may conduct the evaluation with the prior consent of the district residence superintendent. In no event shall the evaluator be the supervisor of their spouse.”
To assure a positive answer, the Evaluator may want to send a list of qualifications (education, teaching experience involvement in home education, books read, workshops attended, workshops taught, etc.) to the superintendent. Finally, conclude the letter with a paragraph similar to the following:
“Please respond with your signature below. However, unless I hear otherwise from you in writing by <use a date 2 weeks after you plan to mail the letter>, I will assume that my request has been granted.”
This puts the burden on the superintendent to respond to you, and you will not be left eternally wondering if your request has been approved. At the bottom of the letter, put:
(evaluator’s name) is approved to do home education evaluations in the (school district’s name).
Signature __________ (xxxxx school district superintendent)