Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the State Board of Education has approved a temporary rule change to extend the testing deadline for home school students this year to November 1, 2021.

If you have questions about your student, please contact LBL Home School office at 541-812-2751, homeschool@lblesd.k12.or.us.

The August 15 deadline still applies to students establishing or maintaining eligibility for interscholastic activities. Families with students who participate in interscholastic activities and need to be tested annually to maintain eligibility may present alternative forms of evidence to demonstrate satisfactory progress (portfolio, collections of evidence). For more information about OSAA requirements, please contact your local school or the OSAA office at 503-682-6722.

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New home school students are not required to submit the first test result for the first 18 months after being withdrawn from public or private school.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

A home school student who pursues a GED or High School Diploma is not released from regular home school testing requirements.

How do I have my child tested?

Parents need to contact a private tester to arrange a test for their child. Tests must be given by a qualified and neutral person as defined in OAR 581-021-0026(1)(e)(i). The Oregon Department of Education provides a list of local testers as a service to you. If you use a tester who is not registered, please include a copy of the examiner’s qualifications with the test results.

How much does testing cost?

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

What tests do home school students take?

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 ESD.

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.

What information needs to be reported to LBL ESD?

Parents have the responsibility of submitting test results to LBL ESD. Standardized achievement test results reported to the LBL ESD 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 ESD Home School staff, the parents or tester will be contacted and requested to provide further information.