Homeschool testing is done for three reasons: it is either to help a parent learn a child’s progress, to prepare for the ACT or SAT or because it is required by the state where you live.
Tests to Learn a Child’s Progress
Some parents choose to give their kids tests in order to gauge their progress. Check with your local Homeschooling organizations. They often offer group test taking and discounts.
In addition, many umbrella schools and curriculum providers offer discounted state test taking as well even if you do not use their school.
Preparing for the PSAT, ACT or SAT
It is usually a good idea to try one of the many test preparation books and programs available to help them prepare. You can find them at your local bookstore, library or online.Even if your child is not planning to head to college in the future, it may be beneficial to take these tests in case he or she has a change of heart.
Preparing in advance for these tests may help your child score higher and have a better chance of getting into their school of choice or get a scholarship.
State Required Testing
Requirements vary by state and are subject to change. To check the most recent laws by state, visit the HSLDA webite.
Important facts about state test requirements:
- Many states do not require tests, but some umbrella programs will ask you to have your child tested.
- Many states require certain tests be taken by homeschooling students in that state, and in these cases, you should comply with the law.
- Don’t be too concerned: Most states only become concerned if children fall in the lowest 30%.
At this time, the following states require test taking:
- New Hampshire
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
If you live in these states, you will need to keep up-to-date on the testing requirements and how often your child needs to be tested.