TEA Audits Public Schools on Dropout Issue

Last week I wrote about the news story regarding school districts who may be falsifying their withdrawal records to artificially lower their dropout numbers. I have mentioned before that we have been forwarding anecdotal information of these kinds of situations we receive to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and working with them on the issue for more than a year.

Yesterday the TEA informed us they are launching a statewide audit of public school withdrawal records. They will be calling parents of students who were withdrawn to homeschool, from selected school districts to confirm with the family that they did indeed withdraw to homeschool. They will ask several questions about that withdrawal process but will not ask questions about the family’s home schooling.

We want to let the home school community know about this process in order to avoid undue concerns. This is actually a step in bringing some accountability to public school officials who “encourage” some students to homeschool and, in other situations, the students simply dropped out of school and the school reported them as home schoolers.