LBL requests required assessment results from all home school students, per OAR 581-021-0026(5). Assessment must occur at the completion of grades 3, 5, 8 and 10 by August 15 and the results received by LBL by Sept. 30th. However, new home school students are not required to submit the first assessment for a minimum of 18 months, if they have recently been withdrawn from public or private school. If your child completes the 3rd, 5th, 8th or 10th grade during this 18-month window of time, assessment does not need to occur until the next required grade level. If the child never attended public or private school, the first assessment must be taken at the end of 3rd grade. The same assessment schedule applies to disabled and non-disabled children.
Oregon State law provides that children with disabilities be evaluated for “satisfactory educational progress” according to the recommendations of an individualized education plan (IEP) or privately developed plan (PDP).
Step 1 – Does your student have a current Statement of Eligibility for Special Education or Section 504 Plan from student’s resident public school district?
YES – Proceed to Step 2.
NO – Under OAR 581-021-0029(b) “Child with a disability” means a child between the ages of 6 and 18 whose parent or guardian seeks exemption from compulsory school attendance under ORS 339.030(1)(c) or (1)(d) [enrolled for home school through ESD] and who meets eligibility criteria for a specific disability category [defined under OAR 581-015-2130 through 581-015-2180]. OAR 581-015-2100(1) states “For school-age children, school districts and juvenile and adult corrections education programs are the public agencies responsible for evaluating children and determining their eligibility for special education services.”
You will need to contact your student’s resident public school/district and request a meeting to determine if your student has an educational disability.
If your student is found to have an educational disability by the public, then a Statement of Eligibility for Special Education will be issued. If a student is found to have a disability by the resident public school district, he may qualify for an IEP, a written, individualized education program, developed for the student by a special education team at the resident public school. A child who does not meet eligibility criteria for a specific disability category but who is disabled under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act will be offered a Section 504 Plan.
Step 2 – Is your student receiving IEP services from the local public school/district?
NO – If you have chosen not to accept district IEP services, proceed to Step 3.
YES – When home school assessment is due for students with a current IEP, parents may submit an IEP report in lieu of standardized test scores. This report consists of:
- A current Statement of Eligibility for Special Education from student’s resident public school district. To maintain this the student must be reevaluated by the public school every 3 years.
- A statement that Student has a current IEP on file at the resident public school.
- A statement signed by the student’s IEP team indicating whether or not the student has made satisfactory progress, appropriate to their age and disability.
Parents may choose to use the format of the LBL Sample IEP Report Form available on our website. If not, all the required elements must still be included in the report.
Step 3 – Is your student on a PDP with a private service provider?
For parents of a child with a disability who have chosen not to accept district special education services, a privately developed plan (PDP) is an option for meeting any specialized instruction needs of their child. Oregon law defines a PDP as “an individual plan developed by a team including the parent and one or more private service providers to address the educational needs of a child with a disability.” OAR 581-021-0029(1)(d)
The parent must choose one or more private service providers to address the educational needs of the child. The parent and private service provider(s) make up the student’s educational team. This team must then create a PDP for the student.
Under Oregon law, “A PDP shall include individual educational goals for the student and a statement indicating how satisfactory educational progress will be determined for the student. OAR 581-021-0029(1)(d)
“Satisfactory educational progress” means “educational progress across academic and/or developmental areas appropriate to the child’s age and abilities.” State regulations specify that the student does not have to meet all of the plan goals for the team to determine that the student is making satisfactory educational progress. OAR 581-021-0029(1)(e)
For students with a current PDP, parents may submit a report in lieu of standardized test scores. This report consists of:
- A current Statement of Eligibility for Special Education from student’s resident public school. To maintain eligibility, the student must be reevaluated by the public school every 3 years. OR a current Section 504 Plan from student’s resident public school.
- A copy of individual educational goals for the student. Educational goals are specific statements, written in measurable terms that describe what the student can reasonably accomplish in a school year ending August 15th, academically and/or developmentally, in light of student’s age and abilities. There should be a direct relationship between the goal statements and the student’s present levels of educational performance.
- A statement describing how the student‘s progress toward meeting the stated goals was evaluated.
- A statement signed by the student’s educational team indicating whether or not the student has made satisfactory progress. “Satisfactory educational progress” means educational progress across academic and/or developmental areas appropriate to the child’s age and abilities. The student need not complete all individualized educational program or privately developed plan goals for the team to determine that the student is making satisfactory educational progress.
Parents may choose to use the format of the LBL Sample PDP Report Form available on our website. If not, all the required elements must still be included in the report.
If any sections of the report are incomplete or unclear to the LBL Home School Program staff, parents will be contacted and requested to provide further information. The report will not be accepted until all required criteria are clearly met, in accordance with OAR 581-021-0029.
If you have questions, please call the LBL Home School Program at Linn Benton Lincoln Education Service District by phone at (541) 812-2687 or email or on the web www.lblesd.k12.or.us/homeschool. If parents, education team members or home school community members have Special Education or IEP/PDP questions that cannot be answered by LBL Home School Program staff, their concerns will be forwarded to appropriate contacts at the Oregon Department of Education.