If your child or children were prevented from getting into college because they didn't have the right credentials due to the fact that they were homeschooled would you still homeschool them through high school or would change what you are doing to meet those new requirements.Nearly, ten years ago it seem unimaginable that a homeschool student would be rejected for anything or that their diploma would be challenged. But that was then and this is now. Thanks to national standards, now known as Common Core, the validity of "nontraditional" or homeschool diploma is being challenged. Consider two recent news stories
Before you question the validity of question, let me give you a little more information. (I have so much research on this but finding it on the internet is difficult and time consuming.) Many schools disctricts are moving toward an "endorsed diploma" or "certificate of initial mastery" (CIM) as a part of a high school diploma.
- The NCAA no longer accepts coursework from 24 high schools. The high schools operate as virtual academies using K12.
- HSLDA Attorney Mike Donnelly posted a story about NiSource, an Indiana based company will not hire homeschoolers. "This applicant was offered a job initially, but NiSource withdrew the offer when it found out he had a homeschool diploma."
In 2010, colleges were required to determine the "validity" of a high school diploma for federal funding. The validity of my own sons' diplomas were challenged by the US Marines. I know of other students who were rejected from cosmetology school and employment in heathcare field because they had a homeschool diploma. These stories are not isolated but part of a growing trend to standardize education and create a seamless pathway from P-20. Only those that meet the requirements set forth in this new system will be able to advance.
The system is not complete yet, but Marc Tucker an early and strong proponent of a managed system for a managed economy describes the system based on exams or assessments.
In such a system, the purpose of the exams is to determine whether a student is qualified to go on to work or to the next stage of his or her education. The standards for moving on are clear. The question is whether the student has met them. Because the colleges, universities and employers have agreed to the standards in advance, there is no dispute about what the students’ performance on the exams means or about what it takes to move on.