On 3/20/2020, The Trump administration announced that states can cancel federally required public school testing this year to protect students and teachers. The Oregon Department of Education filed a request to waive public school tests such as the Smarter Balanced Assessment this year.
The laws and rules that govern Home School instruction and testing in Oregon are not impacted by this waiver and, at this point, home schooling families are still required to test their children at the ends of grade levels 3, 5, 8, and 10 by the August 15 deadline.
The Oregon Department of Education has said that in May it will reevaluate the viability of home school testing and issue further guidance.
LBL ESD monitors and maintains records of compliance with the legal requirements of notification and testing for home school students and their parents residing in Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties. We serve as a home school information resource for parents, students, schools and districts.
As of April 2020, there are 1575 home school students currently enrolled with LBL ESD:
Linn County – 961
Benton County – 272
Lincoln County – 342
For more statistical details about our home school population, as well as national, please see the links below:
If you are a parent or guardian considering the option of home schooling your child and would like to know basic information, different types of home schooling available, as well as view home school FAQs and more, please continue by clicking below:
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The LBL ESD Board is committed to providing a positive and productive learning and working environment. Harassment, sexual harassment, hazing, intimidation, menacing, bullying and acts of cyberbullying of staff, students or third parties is strictly prohibited and shall not be tolerated.
LBL ESD is providing modified services due to COVID-19 and the statewide school closure. Please contact 541-812-2600 for assistance. Limited staffing during the closure will make response to public inquiry difficult, and some inquiries may be delayed until programs reopen.