How to Teach at Home
by Christina Yeager
With the popularity of homeschooling rising, knowing the facts is more important than ever. Laws and regulations are maintained by each individual state. Wisconsin has a more strict guideline for it’s parent requirements. Other than that, Wisconsin has a very similar format for rules and regulations like the rest of the states we’ve covered so far. If you are considering making the move to homeschool your children in the State of Wisconsin, you’ll need to know the laws in order to be in compliance.
Each state is the U.S. has a very specific set of regulations for homeschooling. If you are thinking about teaching your child at home, you'll need to know the ins and outs of what needs to be done beforehand and during. In this series, Homeschooling Regulations by State, we'll explore information to help with the decision, what to do to get started and what to do correctly to continue.
The regulations, laws and suggestions in this post may not reflect the needs for your particular situation. Not all apply to each individual family. To learn more about the laws and regulations in this state on homeschooling, click the link at the end of the post! This will direct you to the states’ Board of Education or government education site.
Compulsory School Age
The compulsory school attendance age in Wisconsin is from ages six to eight. If your child is just turning six, you have to file the PI-1206 the actual year that your child turns six. If your child is over six you must formally withdraw them from public school (this goes back to the NOI).
Parents must file the NOI (Notice of Intent) to the Department of Public Instruction rather. Unlike the other states, Wisconsin requires that parents file the NOI through the Department of Public Instruction, not the school.
As a parent you have to provide at least 875 hours of instruction every school year, have some method of instruction for your child or children, teach the required subjects (math, english, history, etc.), and provide a sequentially progressive curriculum. This may seem like a lot but there are a lot of positive reviews of Wisconsin from homeschool parents. A lot of homeschool parents enjoy the leisure of homeschooling in Wisconsin.
You must provide instruction in the state-chosen subjects during all four years of high school and should maintain permanent records:
The state does not require that homeschool students participate in standardized testing, however, a lot of homeschool parents use Wisconsin’s WKCE test prep page to see where their child is at academically. That really depends on what you feel is best for your child/student.
For more detailed information on enrolling and instructing your child in the State of Wisconsin, visit the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Homeschooling page.
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