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Testing Requirements for Homeschoolers Compared by State

A Comparison of State Testing Requirements for Homeschoolers

Twenty-two states require testing or offer testing as one of several assessment alternatives.

There is no proof that homeschooled students in states that require testing do better or worse than in states that do not require oversight evaluations.

Testing is not required annually in all these states. Some states require testing only near the end of the year in specific grades. Often testing is one of several options and homeschool families may choose one of the other options instead.

If your state is not listed below, then assessment testing is not required, nor is any other form of assessment such as an evaluation or portfolio.

Often the School District (s.d.) must supply, administer, and pay for the testing; however, families usually have the option to have their children tested outside the school system by an independent qualified tester at the family’s own expense. In a few states families must always pay for their own tests.

Typically the results are given to someone in the school system, but in a few states, each family is required to keep the scores themselves and only give the test results to someone in the education system if requested officially.


Passing requirements are typically pretty low, so homeschoolers have no problem passing and continuing to homeschool. In states where testing is done, the average homeschooled student passes at or above the 85th percentile.

Children who have learning disabilities are only required to show progress from year to year in most states.

If a child falls below the required score, the homeschool is put on probation and remediation services are offered for a year or two. If the child again fails to show progress, he or she may be sent back to a public or private school or the family may be required to hire a tutor. In only one state, Hawaii, are homeschool parents threatened with educational neglect charges based on test scores after remediation.

What follows is a summary and should be looked at as such. You should look at your state law to read the details, and refer to your state homeschool association to help you understand what is really required of you.


“Any sat” means any “nationally standardized achievement test.” There are a number of tests to choose from, and plenty of discussion about which test is best in which situations.

“s.d.” refers to “school district.” “d.o.e.” to the “Department of Education.”


“Prin.” = Principal. “Comm.” = Commissioner. “Super” = Superintendent.

State Test When? Which Test? Who Pays? Admin? Who Sees? Passing? Penalty? Options Prep Books
AR Annually
by May 1
State
List
family s.d. s.d.,
d.o.e.
8 mos
below
grade
Return to
School
None AR Test Prep
CO 3, 5, 7,
9, 11
Any sat family family s.d.,
other
school
Above
13th %ile
Retest,
return to
school
Evaluation CO Test Prep
FL Annually,
1 of 5
options
Any sat family Qualified
Person
s.d. Progress by
Ability
1 yr
probation
Portfolio,
Evaluation
FL Test Prep
GA 3, 6, 9,
12
Any sat family Qualified
Person
family
retains
Not
Defined
None None GA Test Prep
HI 3, 5, 8,
10
Any sat s.d. or
family
s.d. or
family
principal Above
33rd %ile
Return to
School or
Ed Neglect
Charges
Evaluation HI Test Prep
MA up to
s.d.
Progress
Report,
Dated Work
Samples
MA Test Prep
ME Annually,
1 of 5
options
State
List
s.d. s.d. Review Board,
s.d.,
Comm.
Undefined Undefined Portfolio,
Evaluation
ME Test Prep
MN Annually s.d. &
family
s.d. or
family
s.d. or
family
Family
retains
Above
30th %ile
Retest None MN Test Prep
NH Annually,
1 of 4
options
family family Qualified
Person
Princ.,
Super.
or
Comm.
Above
40th %ile
Retest,
return to
school
Portfolio,
Evaluation
NH Test Prep
NY Annually,
exceptions
for young
children
State
List
s.d. or
family
Qualified
Person
s.d. Above
33rd %ile
or progress
2 yr
probation
Written
Narrative
grades 1-3,
4-8 every
other year
NY Test Prep
NC Annually Any sat family family If
requested
Undefined Undefined None NC Test Prep
ND 3, 4, 6,
8, 11
Any sat family s.d. or
family
Super. Undefined No
monitoring
if over
50%ile
None ND Test Prep
OH Annually Any sat s.d. or
family
Qualified
Person
Super. Above
25th %ile
Remediation Portfolio,
Evaluation
OH Test Prep
OR 3, 5, 8,
10
State
List
family Qualified
Person
E.S. D. Above
15th %ile
Tutor or
Return to
School
None OR Test Prep
PA 3, 5, 8 State
List
family Qualified
Person
Super. Based on
Portfolio
Evaluation,
not test
Probationary
requirements
Annual
Portfolio
Evaluation
required
PA Test Prep
SC Annually
unless with
umbrella
school
State
List
s.d. or
family
Qualified
Person
Trustees Promotional
Standards
of District
Remediation None SC Test Prep
SD In grades
tested by
schools
Any sat s.d. or
family
s.d. or
family
s.d. Undefined Undefined None SD Test Prep
TN 5, 7, 9 Test used
by LEA,
CRS or
Sanders
Model
s.d. or
family
Qualified
Person
Super.
State DOE
Better than
3-6 month
below
grade level
Remediation,
Enroll in
Umbrella,
or return
to school
None TN Test Prep
VA Annually,
1 of 3
options
Stanford 9 family family Super. Above
23rd %ile
Remediation,
Return to
School
Portfolio,
Evaluation
VA Test Prep
VT Annually,
1 of 6
options
Any sat s.d. s.d. Comm. Undefined Remediation,
Return to
School
Other
progress
assessments
VT Test Prep
WA Annually,
1 of 2
options
Any sat family Qualified
Person
family
keep in
permanent
file
Undefined Family
should
remedy
Assessment WA Test Prep
WV Annually,
1 of 3
options
State
List
family Qualified
Person
Upon
Request
Above
40th %ile
Remediation,
Return to
School
Portfolio,
Other
Academic
Assessment
WV Test Prep

 

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