Director, Commonwealth Policy Center
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Kentucky is considered a homeschool friendly state where parents have maximum freedom to teach their kids. But if one legislator has his way, state-mandated testing and state controlled curriculum would be imposed. Many believe this would seriously threaten what has been a good alternative for many families. Students are provided more personal attention, focus more on particular areas of interest, and they're are able to learn at their own pace.  Overall, homeschool kids do well academically. According to the National Home Education Research Institute, homeschooled kids typically score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized tests and typically score above average on college entrance exams. Homeschooling is tailor-fit to the needs of families and students, and legislators addressing some problems within homeschooling shouldn't impose one-size-fits all solutions.