Personalized Achievement Summary System A.K.A The PASS test.
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    My children now 9, and 10 took this test in N.H. Last year. The state accepted it for our end of year assessment. When I moved to Maine I was told by someone from the superintendents office that my boys cant test at the end of their first homeschool year in Maine. I liked the PASS test because it is untimed, an could be administered by a parent. Has anyone used this in Maine, and is it true about having to do a portfolio review your first homeschool year in Maine? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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    Welcome to homeschooling in Maine. There are many ways in which you can meet the requirement for academic progress. I have copied this from the law:

    "i. a standardized achievement test; orii. a test developed by the school officials of the administrative unit in which the student resides; or
    iii. a review and acceptance of the student's progress by an identified individual who holds a current Maine teacher's certificate; or
    iv. a review and acceptance of the student's progress based on, but not limited to, a presentation of an educational portfolio of the student to a local area homeschooling support group whose membership for this purpose includes a currently certified Maine teach or administrator; or
    v. a review and acceptance of the student's progress by a local advisory board selected by the superintendent of the administrative unit in which the student resides."

    As you can see there is no mention of a portfolio being the only acceptable method of testing progress during the first year. I would take a copy of the law to the person who gave you this information and ask them to show you where this requirement is addressed. Then I would use the test you like. I am not an attorney but just a mom who has been at this for a while.
    Kathi Homeschooling Mama to Twelve year old Dakota

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