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Oregon Home School Laws

Oregon homeschooling laws and requirements

Requirements to homeschool Oregon. Oregon homeschooling laws. Ways to homeschool legally within Oregon homeschooling laws.

*This is not intended to be legal advice and is distributed for information purposes only. Check for updates at the Oregon Department of Education website for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for Home Schools.

Home schooling is an educational option in Oregon. Parents who choose to home school their children must register them at their local Education Service District (ESD) within 10 days of withdrawal from public or private school.

Home schoolers must be registered with their local Education Service District (ESD). Registration must occur within 10 days of withdrawal from public school. To register your child for home schooling, contact your ESD representative from the list below.

Home School Testing

Curriculum and assignments are not provided by the State, however, testing is required at grades 3, 5, 8 and 10. Please visit the State Standards webpage which states the grade level expectations for what public school students are expected to be able to know and be able to do by graduation. Your local ESD, district or public school may also be able to provide additional resources to support your child.
How do I become an approved home school tester?
A “Qualified person” is an individual who:
  1. Holds a current personnel service license or teaching license from Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission; or
  2. Has been licensed by the Oregon Board of Psychologist Examiners; or
  3. Has met the publisher’s qualifications for purchase, and has purchased at least one of the approved tests; or
  4. Provides evidence of satisfactory completion of a graduate course in which test administration and interpretation is included in the objective; or
  5. Has previously qualified as an Oregon home school tester, and has during the previous year administered at least one of the approved tests.
For example, if you have a current Oregon personnel service or teaching license, then you would send a copy of your license with your request. If you qualify because you have met the publisher’s qualifications for purchase and purchased at least one of the approved tests, you would submit evidence that the publisher has approved you and evidence of the test you purchased.
To express interest in become a home school tester, please contact ODE at 503-947-5882. Once on the list, you will be sent an update form each year and asked to return it by April 1st. If the form is not returned, your name will be removed from the list and you will have to re-apply.
ESD Home School Contact List
Please click on the ESD Home School web page to go to the provided link to your ESD’s Home School information and associated documentation. Or click the email link to send a message to the ESD’s Home School Liaison for your questions.

COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

339.010 School attendance required. (1) Except as provided in ORS 339.030, all children between the ages of 6 and 18 years who have not completed the 12th grade are required to regularly attend a public full-time school during the entire school term.

      (2) All children five years of age who have been enrolled in a public school are required to attend regularly the public school while enrolled in the public school.

      (3) For the purpose of subsection (1) of this section, a child is considered to be six years of age if the sixth birthday of the child occurred on or before September 1 immediately preceding the beginning of the current school term.

      (4) For a child who is six years of age, the requirement of subsection (1) of this section is met if the child regularly attends any grade of a public full-time school during the entire school term. [Amended by 1965 c.100 §274; 2012 c.91 §13; 2015 c.234 §1]

339.020 Duty to send children to school. (1) Except as provided in ORS 339.030, every person having control of a child between the ages of 6 and 18 years who has not completed the 12th grade is required to send the child to, and maintain the child in, regular attendance at a public full-time school during the entire school term.

      (2) If a person has control of a child five years of age and has enrolled the child in a public school, the person is required to send the child to, and maintain the child in, regular attendance at the public school while the child is enrolled in the public school.

      (3) For the purpose of subsection (1) of this section, a child is considered to be six years of age if the sixth birthday of the child occurred on or before September 1 immediately preceding the beginning of the current school term.

      (4) For a child who is six years of age, the requirement of subsection (1) of this section is met if the person having control of the child sends the child to, and maintains the child in, regular attendance in any grade of a public full-time school during the entire school term. [Amended by 1965 c.100 §275; 1969 c.160 §1; 2012 c.91 §14; 2015 c.234 §2]

339.030 Exemptions from compulsory school attendance; rules. (1) In the following cases, children may not be required to attend public full-time schools:

      (a) Children being taught in a private or parochial school in the courses of study usually taught in kindergarten through grade 12 in the public schools and in attendance for a period equivalent to that required of children attending public schools in the 1994-1995 school year.

      (b) Children proving to the satisfaction of the district school board that they have acquired equivalent knowledge to that acquired in the courses of study taught in kindergarten through grade 12 in the public schools.

      (c) Children who have received a high school diploma or a modified diploma.

      (d) Children being taught for a period equivalent to that required of children attending public schools by a private teacher the courses of study usually taught in kindergarten through grade 12 in the public school.

      (e) Children being educated in the children’s home by a parent or legal guardian.

      (f) Children whose sixth birthday occurred on or before September 1 immediately preceding the beginning of the current school year if the parent or legal guardian of the child notified in writing the school district of which the child is a resident that the parent or legal guardian will delay enrolling the child in a public full-time school for only one school year for the purpose of better meeting the child’s needs for cognitive, social or physical development, as determined by the parent or legal guardian.

      (g) Children who are present in the United States on a nonimmigrant visa and who are attending a private, accredited English language learner program in preparation for attending a private high school or college.

      (h) Children excluded from attendance as provided by law.

      (2) The State Board of Education and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission by rule shall establish procedures whereby, on a semiannual basis, an exemption from compulsory attendance may be granted to the parent or legal guardian of any child 16 or 17 years of age who is lawfully employed full-time or who is lawfully employed part-time and enrolled in school, a community college or an alternative education program as defined in ORS 336.615. An exemption also may be granted to any child who is an emancipated minor or who has initiated the procedure for emancipation under ORS 419B.550 to 419B.558. [Amended by 1965 c.100 §276; 1967 c.67 §8; 1971 c.494 §1; 1973 c.728 §1; 1985 c.579 §1; 1989 c.619 §1; 1993 c.546 §138; 1995 c.769 §2; 1999 c.59 §85; 1999 c.717 §1; 2001 c.490 §8; 2007 c.407 §3; 2013 c.747 §190; 2015 c.234 §3; 2017 c.379 §1; 2017 c.412 §1; 2017 c.726 §7]

339.035 Teaching by private teacher, parent or guardian; rules. (1) As used in this section, “education service district” means the education service district that contains the school district of which the child is a resident.

      (2) When a child is taught or is withdrawn from a public school to be taught by a parent, legal guardian or private teacher, as provided in ORS 339.030, the parent, legal guardian or private teacher must notify the education service district in writing. In addition, when a child who is taught by a parent, legal guardian or private teacher moves to a new education service district, the parent, legal guardian or private teacher shall notify the new education service district in writing. The education service district shall acknowledge receipt of any notification in writing.

      (3) Children being taught as provided in subsection (2) of this section shall be examined at grades 3, 5, 8 and 10 in accordance with the following procedures:

      (a) The State Board of Education shall adopt by rule a list of approved comprehensive examinations that are readily available.

      (b)(A) The parent or legal guardian shall select an examination from the approved list and arrange to have the examination administered to the child by a qualified neutral person, as defined by rule by the State Board of Education.

      (B) If the child was withdrawn from public school, the first examination shall be administered to the child at least 18 months after the date on which the child was withdrawn from public school.

      (C) If the child never attended public or private school, the first examination shall be administered to the child prior to the end of grade three.

      (c) The person administering the examination shall:

      (A) Score the examination; and

      (B) Report the results of the examination to the parent or legal guardian.

      (d) Upon request of the superintendent of the education service district, the parent or legal guardian shall submit the results of the examination to the education service district.

      (4)(a) If the composite test score of the child places the child below the 15th percentile based on national norms, the child shall be given an additional examination within one year of when the first examination was administered.

      (b) If the composite test score of the child on the second examination shows a declining score, then the child shall be given an additional examination within one year of when the second examination was administered and the superintendent of the education service district may:

      (A) Allow the child to continue to be taught by a parent, legal guardian or private teacher; or

      (B) Place the education of the child under the supervision of a person holding a teaching license who is selected by the parent or legal guardian at the expense of the parent or legal guardian. If the composite test score of the child continues to show a declining score, the superintendent of the education service district may:

      (i) Allow the child to continue under the educational supervision of a licensed teacher selected by the parent or legal guardian and require that the child be given an additional examination within one year of when the last examination was administered;

      (ii) Allow the child to be taught by a parent, legal guardian or private teacher and require that the child be given an additional examination within one year of when the last examination was administered; or

      (iii) Order the parent or legal guardian to send the child to school for a period not to exceed 12 consecutive months as determined by the superintendent.

      (c) If the parent or legal guardian of the child does not consent to placing the education of the child under the supervision of a licensed teacher who is selected by the parent or legal guardian, then the superintendent of the education service district may order the child to return to school for a period not to exceed 12 consecutive months as determined by the superintendent.

      (d) If the composite test score of the child on an examination is equal to or greater than the percentile score on the prior test, the child may be taught by a parent, legal guardian or private teacher and for the next examination be examined pursuant to paragraph (a) of this subsection or subsection (3) of this section.

      (5)(a) Notwithstanding the examination requirements of subsections (3) and (4) of this section, the parent or legal guardian of a child with a disability who has an individualized education program and is receiving special education and related services through the school district or who is being educated in accordance with a privately developed plan shall be evaluated for satisfactory educational progress according to the recommendations of the program or plan.

      (b) The parent or legal guardian of a child with a disability who was evaluated by service providers selected by the parent or legal guardian based on a privately developed plan shall submit a report of such evaluation to the education service district in lieu of the examination results required by subsections (3) and (4) of this section.

      (c) A child with a disability described in this subsection may not be subject to the examination requirements of subsections (3) and (4) of this section unless the examination is recommended in the program or plan in effect for the child. [1985 c.579 §2; 1989 c.619 §4; 1999 c.717 §1a; 2007 c.70 §95; 2013 c.1 §33]

 339.460 Homeschooled and public charter school students’ participation in interscholastic activities; conditions; fees. (1) As used in this section:

      (a) “Homeschooled student” means a child who is taught by a private teacher, a parent or a legal guardian, as described in ORS 339.030.

      (b) “Interscholastic activities” means athletics, music, speech and other similar or related activities.

      (c) “Public charter school” has the meaning given that term in ORS 338.005.

      (2) A school district may not deny a homeschooled student, or a student who attends a public charter school that does not provide interscholastic activities, the opportunity to participate in all interscholastic activities available in the school district within the attendance boundaries in which the homeschooled student or public charter school student resides if the student fulfills the following conditions:

      (a)(A) For a homeschooled student, the student must meet all school district eligibility requirements except:

      (i) The school district’s school or class attendance requirements; and

      (ii) The class requirements of the voluntary association that administers interscholastic activities.

      (B) For a student who attends a public charter school, the student must meet all school district eligibility requirements except the school district’s school or class attendance requirements.

      (b) The student must meet one of these requirements:

      (A) Achieve a minimum score that places the student at or above the 23rd percentile, based on national norms, on an examination from the list the State Board of Education adopts under ORS 339.035. The student must take the examination at the end of each school year, and the student’s parent or legal guardian must submit the results to the school district for use in determining eligibility for the following year.

      (B) Meet alternative requirements that a school district adopts, in consultation with the student’s parent or legal guardian, to participate in interscholastic activities, including but not limited to a requirement that a student submit a portfolio of work samples to a school district committee for review to determine whether the student is eligible to participate in interscholastic activities.

      (3) In addition to the requirements set forth in subsection (2) of this section, a public charter school that enrolls a student who intends to participate in an interscholastic activity must pay to the school district or school that offers the interscholastic activity, as appropriate:

      (a) A fee that is equivalent to not more than five percent of the amount of the school district’s General Purpose Grant per ADMw, as calculated under ORS 327.013; and

      (b) An additional fee that is equivalent to not more than five percent of the amount of the school district’s General Purpose Grant per ADMw, as calculated under ORS 327.013, if participating in the interscholastic activity requires the student to enroll in a course for credit. The school district and the public charter school shall enter into an agreement to specify the fee required under this paragraph, but the agreement may not require for each interscholastic activity in which the student participates a fee that is equivalent to more than five percent more than the fee required under paragraph (a) of this subsection.

      (4) A homeschooled student or a student who attends a public charter school may participate in interscholastic activities while awaiting examination results.

      (5) A homeschooled student, or a student who attends a public charter school, who does not maintain academic eligibility is ineligible to participate in interscholastic activities for the duration of the school year in which the student becomes academically ineligible and for the following year. The student must take the required examinations at the end of the second year and meet the standards described in subsection (2)(b) of this section to become eligible for the third year.

      (6) A homeschooled student or a student who attends a public charter school must fulfill the same responsibilities and standards of behavior and performance, including related class or practice requirements, as other students who participate in the interscholastic activity of the team or squad and must meet the same standards for acceptance on the team or squad. The student must also comply with all public school requirements during the time of participation.

      (7) A homeschooled student, or a student who attends a public charter school, who participates in interscholastic activities must reside within the attendance boundaries of the school at which the student participates. [1991 c.914 §§1,2; 1999 c.717 §2; 2003 c.14 §150; 2017 c.550 §2]

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