The below information was taken directly from the website of the”State Department of Education.”
59-65-47 Third Option Law Explanations
In lieu of the requirements of Section 59-65-40 or Section 59-65-45, parents or guardians may teach their children at home if the instruction is conducted under the auspices of an association for homeschools which has no fewer than fifty members and meets the requirements of this section. Bona fide membership and continuing compliance with the academic standards of the associations exempts the home school from the further requirements of Section 59-65-40 or Section 59-65-45.
The State Department of Education shall conduct annually a review of the association standards to insure that requirements of the association, at a minimum, include:
(a) a parent must hold at least a high school diploma or the equivalent general educational development (GED) certificate;
NOTE: If you don’t have either of the above but hold a higher-level degree, the usual understanding is that this requirement has been met.
(b) the instructional year is at least one hundred eighty days;
NOTE: If your child has been in a public or private school setting and you begin homeschooling mid-year, count previous days in the 180 day total. Also, the 180 days do not need to follow the normal public school calendar. You may school year-around, 3 months on/1 month off, 6 weeks on/1 week off, or whatever schedule best meets the needs of your family — as long as the total is 180 days per year.
(c) the curriculum includes, but is not limited to, the basic instructional areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies, and in grades seven through twelve, composition and literature; and
NOTE: This is usually understood to mean that after 6th grade, reading becomes literature and writing becomes composition. Some families just document these subjects as Reading/Literature, and Writing/Composition regardless of grade level, and in high school these subjects are covered as part of the normal English 1, English 2, … sequence.
(d) educational records shall be maintained by the parent-teacher and include:
NOTE: 59-65-47 is the only option which mandates parental maintenance of student records.
(1) a plan book, diary, or other record indicating subjects taught and activities in which the student and parent-teacher engage;
NOTE: This can be daily or weekly or somewhere in between. Learning objectives can be planned in advance or written down after the learning is completed. See the FAQs page for more information to help you determine the best record-keeping method for your family.
(2) a portfolio of samples of the student’s academic work; and
NOTE: You don’t need to keep a copy of everything your child does. Just include samples that represent your child’s work in the different subject areas. Some areas are a little more difficult to document than others, but it’s doable. See the FAQs area for more information.
(3) a semiannual progress report including attendance records and individualized documentation of the student’s academic progress in each of the basic instructional areas specified in item (c) above.
NOTE: This can be as simple as a report card, or it can be a non-graded summary of the topics studied and progress made in each of the subject areas. See FAQs area for more information.
By January thirtieth of each year, all associations shall report the number and grade level of children home schooled through the association to the children’s respective school districts.