Testing for home school students is administered by independent test examiners approved by the Oregon Department of Education. The SOESD does not administer tests for home school children. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to arrange and pay for testing. A list of qualified testers in Southern Oregon is available under “FORMS”. A list of all testers currently registered by the Oregon Department of Education is available on the ODE website at https://www.oregon.gov/ode/learning-options/HomeSchool/Pages/default.aspx.
Testing is required for students at the end of grades 3, 5, 8 and 10. 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 If the child was withdrawn from public or private school, no testing is required for the first 18 months of home schooling, even if during that 18 month period the child is in grade 3, 5, 8, or 10.
High school students wanting to participate in sports or extra-curricular activities need to be tested on a yearly basis. Guidelines and rules can be found on the OSAA web site at: www.osaa.org
SOESD and local public schools are not required by law to provide educational materials and/or curriculum. Parents and guardians are responsible for the acquisition and cost of materials/curriculum. Grade Specific performance standards can be found on the Oregon Department of Education website at https://www.oregon.gov/ode/educator-resources/standards/Pages/default.aspx .
GED Option Program
Students under the age of 18 who are being home schooled and want to receive their GED must contact the SOESD to receive the proper paper work in order to take the GED tests. Home schooled students in Oregon are eligible to participate in the GED Option Program if:
- They are at least 16 years of age.
- They have an independent reading level (in English or Spanish) at the eighth grade level or above.
- It has been determined the GED option to be the most appropriate available at the time.
- Have completed the appropriate home school testing as stated in OAR 581-021-0026 (5), if applicable.