Recently, there has been some confusion regarding what exactly the Tim Tebow bill entails. Particularly, some people have expressed concern that they think the Tim Tebow bill will require all home schoolers to take the STAAR test. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The Tim Tebow bill is designed in a way that will allow the parent to remain completely and totally in control of their child’s education. What the Tim Tebow bill says is that, in order to meet the UIL eligibility rules, home school students will need to submit a test ‑‑ but not a STAAR test, or any state-controlled test. No, the only test that exists under the Tim Tebow bill has three distinct features that everyone should be aware of:
- No testing is required if you don’t participate. This is one of the most important elements of the bill to understand: if you don’t want to participate in UIL, this bill will not apply to you in any form or fashion, and you will never have to take a test.
- The parent gets to choose the test. While some have said that a state-run test will be necessary, that is not true. The bill specifically allows the parent to decide which test they want their child to take. They can pick from any of the numerous nationally normed standardized tests – such as the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, or the SAT or ACT that most students take before applying to college.
- The test may be administered by a third-party. The state truly has no involvement in the testing process with the Tim Tebow bill, because the language specifically states that parents may have their student take the test of their choice with a third-party.
The Tim Tebow bill expands freedoms for families all over Texas. Why? Because it gives them more choices on how to educate their child. There are absolutely no state tests, absolutely no requirement that all home schooled students take tests, and absolutely no freedoms that are undermined. With the Tim Tebow bill, freedom reigns supreme, and home school families are able to pick the form of education that best fits their child’s needs.
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