Amended Homeschooling Regulation Released Today
The final amended Homeschooling Regulation, initially tabled on March 27th, 2019, by Education Minister Jean-Francois Roberge, was released today and takes effect August 1, 2019. You can review the full text of the new regulation here:
The amended regulation delays implementation of, but does not substantially revise, the March 27th draft regulation. We note the following important points:
- Like the March 27th draft, the amended regulation imposes Ministerial exams on homeschooling families. However, there will be no compulsory exams for the next two school years (2019-2020, and 2020-2021). Ministerial exams will be required from July 1, 2021 onward, just under two years from now, the first year of exams being the 2021-2022 school year.
- The amended regulation includes a section requiring that a) the Minister ensure parents have access to “preparatory documents” for the Ministry exams, and b) school boards must organize and hold “sittings to allow a student receiving homeschooling … to take part in preparatory activities” for Ministry exams, to be provided to homeschoolers free of charge.
- The amended regulation contemplates exemptions from Ministry exams “if it is impossible for the student to be present at the examination sittings by reason of illness or other exceptional circumstances.” However, it also includes an additional provision that was not in the March 27th draft: “A student who is unable to be present at a specific sitting must be present at another sitting.”
- The new regulation specifies that both French and English language are required, but removes art and human development as required subjects for the student’s learning project.
The amended regulation maintains the draft regulation’s requirement that the student be present with parents at the monitoring meeting and meetings to address concerns with the learning project.
HSLDA Canada maintains that while the amended Homeschooling Regulation responds to concerns raised by the homeschooling community about insufficient preparation and support for homeschooled students in taking Ministry exams, it entirely fails to address our concerns with mandatory Ministry exams in the first place. Homeschooling families use a wide variety of curriculum resources, depending on the needs of their children. Standardized testing for students not using a standardized curriculum is extremely problematic.
As we review the amended regulation with local homeschooling associations and consider the options we have as a homeschooling community, please keep in touch with us for updates, and with any questions or concerns you have about the new regulation.