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Testing FAQ

When does my child need to be tested?

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New home school students are not required to submit the first test result for the first 18 months after being withdrawn from public or private school.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.

Home school students establishing eligibility for interscholastic activities (athletics, music, speech, etc) must test annually at the end of each school year (prior to Aug. 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.

Can we opt out of testing?

There is no opt out from home school testing. The Student Assessment Bill of Rights (ORS 329.479) permits parents of public school students to opt-out of Oregon’s Smarter Balanced assessment, and does not apply to home school students.

What about students with learning disabilities?

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.

If my child is working on GED or a diploma, do they still need to take a test?

A home school student who pursues a GED or High School Diploma is not released from regular home school testing requirements until LBL receives written verification that the student has been awarded the certificate.

How do I have my child tested?

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 listed with Oregon Department of Education or LBL, then please include a copy of the examiner’s qualifications with the test results.

Under Oregon law, parents are not considered neutral and may not be the proctor for their own student. For this reason, online testing, available through Seton, Home School Testing Service, and other companies, is not acceptable.

How much does testing cost?

Testers are independent contractors, not employed by LBL or the Department of Education. For information on testing costs please contact testers directly.

What tests do home school students take?

For the 2019-2020 year, tests approved for assessment of home school students include TerraNova 2nd Edition/CAT 6, TerraNova 3rd Edition, Stanford Achievement Test 10th Edition, the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS), Iowa Test of Educational Development (ITED) and the Iowa Assessments. Public school tests such as the OAKS test or Smarter Balanced test are not acceptable for home school testing.

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.

How can we prepare for the test?

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.

LBL’s home school testing information brochure includes links to some test preparation materials.

What do the test results mean?

For help interpreting your child’s test results, please contact your tester. Also see the Parent Guide to Standardized Achievement Testing.

What happens if my child gets a low score?

Oregon law requires that a home school student achieve at least the 15th percentile on the test. If a home school student does not meet the 15th percentile, the student will be required to test again in a year. If the result of the second test shows a declining score further steps may be necessary. Student’s wishing to participate in interscholastic activities with the resident public school must achieve at least the 23rd percentile on achievement testing.

Parents whose children score very low on standardized testing may consider having their child tested for learning disabilities. Special testing rules exist for students with disabilities. See the Assessment of Home School Students with Disabilities or call our office for more information.

What information needs to be reported to LBL?

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 tester’s name, contact information and qualification statement
  • The test name, grade, and level; date test was administered; and the composite national percentile score of the basic battery

If any of this information is incomplete or unclear to the LBL Home School 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.

Home School – Contact

Program Administrator:
Ann Lavond

Home School Registrar:
Sam Rounsavell


School District Contacts
For families in the 12 districts of Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties.

Community College Contacts
Local community colleges offering GED and other resources to older home school students.

Important Message

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.