Home School Testing Requirements & Resources

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    Home School  

    Home-schooled children must be tested before the end of grades 3, 5, 8, and 10. The end of the school year is defined before August 15. If the child never attended public or private school, the child must be tested before August 15 following the end of grade 3. If the child was withdrawn from public or private school, the first required examination is not administered within the first 18 months of home schooling even if during that 18-month period is in grade 3, 5, 8, or 10.

     
    • Example 1: If a child is withdrawn at the start of his 2nd grade year, the 18 month period will be over midway through 3rd grade and he must be tested by August 15th of 3rd grade.
       
    • Example 2: If a child is withdrawn from school at the start of his 3rd grade year, the 18 month period will be over midway through 4th grade. Testing is only required in 3, 5, 8, and 10, therefore, he will not be required to test until the end of 5th grade.

     

    Authorized Testers

    The test examiner must be a “neutral” person and one who is qualified to administer such test to the child, and has been approved as a tester by ODE. The “neutral person” is defined as an individual who is selected by the parent or guardian of the child to be taught at home who has no relationship by bloodline or marriage to the child. The Oregon Department of Education supplies a current list of approved testers. The ESD may request test results and parents or guardians must provide the results of the test within a reasonable amount of time.