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Introduction

NWRESD Online Home School Web Application

Interscholastic Activities/Athletics

DMV Requirements (Statement of Enrollment)

Testing Requirements & Resources

Oregon Department of Education Information

Contact Information

 

Introduction

Oregon Revised Statutes require ESDs to provide monitoring services for students not enrolled in public or private school, but for whom parents have chosen home schooling. The NWRESD provides a centralized registration-monitoring process for students residing within the 20 component school districts that parents have registered for home schooling. Registration of home school students is required for children ages 7 through 18.  If your child turns 7 after September 1, you are UNABLE to register until the following school year.

 

Parents who choose to home school their children must comply with two legal requirements:

  1. Provide electronic or written notice to the NWRESD of the intent to home school within 10 days of the date of withdrawal (or choice not to enroll) in public school. (If the child is continuing to home school from the previous year, it is not necessary to provide written notice each school year.)
  2. Submit results on request from a state-approved comprehensive examination for students in grades 3, 5, 8 and 10. See Testing Requirments and Resources below.

NWRESD Online Home School Web Application

Parents can register their students online on the NWRESD Online Home School Web Application.

Parents can also print various letters during their student's homeschool career using the online application.  These letters include:

a. Home School Statement of Enrollment

b. Letter of acknowledgement of home school registration

c. Letter for college admission

Interscholastic Activities/Athletics

Home school students may participate in interscholastic activities at their resident school if they are compliant with home school law and meet the requirements it the OSAA (Oregon School Athletics Association).  OSAA requires home school students to be registered at the beginning of the school year and tested yearly with an approved exam by August 15th prior to the school year; the student must meet the 23rd percentile on those exams (OAR 581-021-0033).  Yearly test results  should be submitted to the athletic director of your local school or school district prior to participation in an interscholastic activity.  Students may participate in interscholastic activities while awaiting test results.  Please contact your resident school district if you have questions regarding interscholastic activities or visit the OSAA website at www.osaa.org or call 1.888.838.6722.

DMV Requirements (Statement of Enrollment)

In 1999, SB 487 was passed and became effective September 1, 2000.  It requires proof of enrollment before issuing a drivers permit or license to children under the age of 18.  If the student is under the age of 18 and would like to get an Oregon driver’s permit or license, the DMV requires all students to show proof of school enrollment.  A “Statement of Enrollment” is available online to the parent by logging in to the NWRESD home school web application The law also allows a school district to request the DMV to suspend the driving privileges of a student who no longer complies with Oregon law.  If a student does not submit a test score on request, his or her school district will be notified of non-compliance.

Testing Requirements & Resources

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.

Authorized Testers

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.

Oregon Department of Education Information

http://www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/specialty/home/faqguidelines.pdf
Up-to-date FAQs from the Oregon Department of Education for parents of Home Schooled children.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Home School Department
Northwest Regional ESD
5825 NE Ray Circle
Hillsboro OR 97124-6436

Phone: 503- 614-1626 | Fax: 503-614-1440 | Toll-free in Oregon: 1-800-295-3750
Email: mardir@nwresd.k12.or.us