The Tim Tebow bill is very important to those home schoolers who wish to participate in UIL activities including band, theatre, debate, sports, academic events, journalism, and film. Many families want to know, what if the bill passes? How will it affect all the other home schoolers who don’t want to participate in UIL activities? Will there be new requirements of all home schoolers?
Below we list out the specific requirements from the bill, as well as things the bill does not require.
How would you qualify for UIL eligibility?
- A student who scores at or above the 50th percentile on any nationally normed standardized achievement test can show that test score to the local school in order to qualify for UIL eligibility during the first six weeks of competition.
- After the first six weeks of the school year, the parent must periodically send a letter to the school to indicate that the student is passing each of his or her classes.
- Once they make the team, the students are subject to other applicable requirements: standards of behavior, scheduling, travel requirements, age requirements, insurance requirements, and performance requirements.
What the Tim Tebow Bill does NOT require:
- It does not require standardized testing of home schoolers outside of UIL participation.
- It does not require home schoolers to take a test administered by the state. (The test may be administered by a third party.)
- It does not require home schoolers who are not applying for UIL to do anything at all.
- It does not require parents to submit the test score of their student if they decide, before the test score has been submitted, that they don’t want to apply for UIL.
- It does not allow school districts to require specific curricula, or to make any requirements pertaining to how a home schooled student is educated.
What would you have to do if you do not want to participate?
- Nothing. No policies or provisions of the bill apply to any student or family who does not wish to participate.
Have you seen the bill language? Click here to see the language being presented for the Tim Tebow bill.