The WV homeschooling law, part 18-8-1 (c)(2) requires that each home educated child of compulsory age be assessed every year in reading, language arts, math, science, and social studies. Parents must maintain copies of each student’s academic assessment for three years. The assessment results for students in 3rd, 5th, 8th, and 11th grades must be submitted to the county by June 30.
The annual assessment can be

  • a standardized achievement test nationally normed within the last  ten years, or
  • the testing program currently in use in the WV public schools and administered in a public school, or
  • a written narrative prepared by a certified teacher (commonly called the “portfolio review”), or
  • an alternative assessment agreed to by the county superintendent.

Both CHEWV and WVHEA offer standardized testing options each spring. Experienced homeschoolers do not typically recommend testing with the public schools. Aside from the time commitment, homeschoolers have had difficulty receiving test scores back before June 30.

Most public school teachers are unfamiliar with homeschooling requirements for portfolio reviews. Use a home school-friendly teacher instead. The West Virginia Homeschool Haven and the Unsocialized Homeschoolers of West Virginia Facebook groups provide easy access to experienced portfolio reviewers. Do not send in the entire portfolio, just the written narrative.

–Courtney Ostaff

Ideas and opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editor or the members of the Governing Board of WVHEA.