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 If the child was withdrawn from public or private school, the first required examination is not administered within the first 18 months of home schooling even if during that 18-month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Example 1: If a child is withdrawn at the start of his 2nd grade year, the 18 month period will be over midway through 3rd grade, and he must test by August 15 of 3rd grade.
Example 2: If a child is withdrawn from school at the start of his 3rd grade year, the 18 month period will be over midway through 4th grade.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.
Parents are required to submit examination results upon request by the ESD. If examination results are not received within the required timeline, the child will be in violation of the compulsory attendance law and no longer eligible to be home schooled.
The test examiner must be a “neutral” person and one who is qualified to administer such test. 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. Please contact the ESD or the Department of Education www.ode.state.or.us for the most updated list of qualified test administrators.
The ESD may request test results and parents or guardians must provide the results of the test within a reasonable amount of time. The administrator of the examination must submit a statement of the administrator’s qualification and neutrality.
Home schooled students in required test years must use one of the two most recent versions of one of the following:
- Terra Nova
- Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills
- Iowa Tests of Basic Skills/Test of Achievement and Proficiency
- Metropolitan Achievement Battery
- Stanford Achievement Test Battery
The Oregon Statewide Achievement Test (OSAT) is NOT a valid test for homeschooling testing requirements as it is based solely on Oregon curriculum – home-school students must use a nationally normed test.