On Wednesday, April 8, the Senate Higher Education Committee passed Senate Bill 1543 unanimously out of committee and sent it to the Senate floor. Texas Home School Coalition is working with Sen. Charles Perry to pass the Equal College Opportunity bill, which would prevent state colleges from setting discriminatory standardized testing policies for home schoolers. This was partially made possible due to several home school families attending THSC’s Capitol Days, registering in support of the bill on Wednesday. By “dropping cards” in favor of this bill, they represented thousands of home school families who will benefit.
For years, home school graduates have pursued and achieved remarkable levels of academic success, both during and after high school graduation. With the exemplary success of home school students nationwide, it would only seem logical that colleges everywhere would want more home schoolers attending their schools.
Sadly, logic does not always serve as the guiding principle of policymaking. In fact, current Texas policy for a number of state colleges is actually discriminatory against home school students. By using “class rank” as the determining factor for required scores on the SAT or ACT, a number of state colleges automatically place home schoolers–who have no class rank due to the nature of their education–into a lower quartile for admissions, which means they have to score higher on standardized tests than their public or private school counterparts.
Senate Bill 1543 would ensure equality in the admission process by preventing state colleges from assigning arbitrary class ranks to home schoolers or setting unequal standardized testing requirements for home school students.
THSC believes that home school students should have an equal opportunity in admission to public colleges in Texas, and we will continue to fight to Keep Texas Families Free. Do you want to support this fight? Support THSC with a gift or membership today.