A home school student must be tested at the completion of grades 3, 5, 8 and 10 by August 15th.
New home school students are not required to submit the first test result for the first 18 months after being withdrawn from public or private school. If your child completes the 3rd, 5th, 8th or 10th grade during this 18-month window of time, testing does not need to occur until the next required grade level. If the child never attended public or private school, the first test 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). See the Assessment of Home School Students with Disabilities or call our office for more information.
Home school students establishing eligibility for interscholastic activities (athletics, music, speech, etc.) must test annually at the end of each school year (prior to August 15th) because test scores are used to determine eligibility for the following year. Parents need to submit these test results directly to their resident school district.
Tests acceptable for the 2017-18 school year include:
- TerraNova 2nd Edition/CAT 6
- TerraNova 3rd Edition
- Stanford Achievement Test 10th Edition
- Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) and Iowa Test of Educational Development (ITED)
Public school tests such as the OAKS test or Smarter Balanced test are not acceptable for home school testing.
Achievement Test Levels Coinciding with Grade Levels
|Grade||TerrNova (Level)||Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)/Iowa Test of Educational Development(ITED)(Level)||Stanford Achievement Test Battery (Level)|
|4||14||ITBS 10||Intermediate 1|
|5||15||ITBS 11||Intermediate 2|
|6||16||ITBS 12||Intermediate 3|
|7||17||ITBS 13||Advanced 1|
|8||18||ITBS 14||Advanced 2|
|9||19||ITED 15||Task 1|
|10||20||ITED 16||Task 2|
|11||21/22||ITED 17/18||Task 3|
|12||21/22||ITED 17/18||Task 3|
Tests must be given by a qualified and neutral person as defined in OAR 581-021-0026(1)(e)(i). A test may be given by anyone who meets the legal criteria, but LBL does provide a list of local testers as a service to you. If you use a tester not registered with Oregon Department of Education or LBL, then please include a copy of the examiner’s qualifications with the test results.
Testing must include the basic battery, which includes reading, language and math, is provided in both complete and survey editions of the tests. Some testers may offer the complete battery, which may include social studies, science, and other subjects but these are optional tests, and are not required as part of the student’s ‘composite score’. The composite national percentile score of the basic battery is the score to be reported to LBL.
For information on what material is covered by a specific test, you may try an internet search with the test name + “scope and sequence” or “test preparation”, ask your tester, or visit the test publisher’s website. The Oregon Department of Education provides sample tests to demonstrate the types of questions students might encounter on the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS). This is not a home school test, but may have similar structure and could be used to introduce a student to standardized testing.
Reporting Test Results
Parents have the responsibility of submitting test results to LBL. Standardized achievement test results reported to the LBL must include the following essential information:
- The student’s name and birth date
- The test name, grade and level, date test was administered, and the composite basic battery percentile score/national percentile rank.
- The tester’s name, contact information, and qualification statement
Testers often have their own test score report form, but if not scores may be reported using this achievement test scores form . If any of essential test information is incomplete or unclear to the LBL Home School Program staff, the parents or tester will be contacted and requested to provide further information. Test results will not be accepted until all required information is clearly provided.
High School Level Students
A high school level home school students are not able to substitute other tests – GED, SAT, ACT, etc. for an approved home school test which are defined in OAR 581-021-0026(1)(a). Students pursing a GED or High School Diploma are not released from regular home school testing requirements until LBL receives written verification that the student has been awarded the certificate.
For more information, see the Home School Completion Procedure, or contact our office.