Academic Assessment Options
If you file a notice of intent, you must obtain an academic assessment each year for each homeschooled child. Assessments should be submitted to the county superintendent by June 30. Choose one of these four assessment options: standardized testing, the public school testing program, portfolio review, and alternative academic assessment. Unless you use the public school testing program, the parent or guardian pays the cost of the assessment.
Option (i) Standardized testing -- You decide which nationally normed, standardized test to use. The test must have been published less than 10 years ago, and it must assess the student in reading, language, mathematics, science, and social studies. The test cannot be administered by the parent.
Acceptable Progress can be met in 2 ways, both based on mean of scores in the 5 subject areas:
1. Mean is greater than or equal to the 50th percentile
2. Mean is less than the 50th percentile, but shows improvement from previous year. Improvement can be shown by 1% increase in percentile score, or increase in scale score of same test series (CTB/McGraw-Hill).
Option (ii) Public School testing program – You may request that your child be tested at the local public school. If your child will test in grades 3 through 8, or in grade 10, s/he can participate in the public school testing program; some counties provide testing for other grades. Discuss this option early in the year with your county’s homeschool coordinator and your local school early in the year. Send your request (with delivery confirmation) to the school board as well as to the school where the testing will take place. Find out what time the testing starts and arrive early.
Acceptable Progress is “based on current guidelines of state testing program.”
Option (iii) Portfolio review – A certified teacher assesses your child’s progress in reading, language, mathematics, science, and social studies, and gives you a “written narrative indicating a portfolio of samples of the child’s work has been reviewed.” The reviewer notes any areas that “show need for improvement or remediation.” The teacher provides his or her certification number with the narrative, which you submit to the county superintendent.
Acceptable Progress “Narrative indicates that the child’s academic progress for the year is in accordance with the child’s abilities.”
Option (iv) Alternative academic assessment – The parent/guardian and the county superintendent agree that the child’s progress can be assessed by some other means. Examples of alternative assessments include grades from a correspondence or video curriculum, results of a developmentally appropriate skills test or professional assessment, evaluation through a program for special needs, college entrance test scores like ACT, SAT, PSAT, results of a nonstandard administration of an achievement test, or daily log of instruction.
Acceptable Progress “mutually agreed upon by the same parties.”