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 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 If the child was withdrawn from public or private school, no testing is required for the first 18 months of home schooling, even if during that 18 month period the child is in grade 3,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
PLEASE NOTE: The State Board of Education has approved a temporary rule change to extend the deadline for home school testing this year to November 1, 2020. Families with students who participate in interscholastic activities and need to be tested annually to maintain eligibility may present alternative forms of evidence to demonstrate satisfactory progress (portfolio, collections of evidence). The August 15 deadline still applies to students establishing or maintaining eligibility for interscholastic activities.