Days and Hours

Q. Are homeschoolers required to follow the public-school required days and hours of instruction? A. In 22.1-254 (A) the law says in part that parents shall homeschool “…during the period of each year the public schools are in session and…

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Testing with the PSAT, SAT, or ACT

Q. Why would the PSAT, SAT or ACT not qualify for a homeschooler’s standardized achievement test? A. The PSAT, SAT, and ACT provide different types of information than a standardized achievement test. The homeschool law states that a parent must…

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Testing Subsections

Q. What parts of a standardized achievement test should my child take in order to satisfy the testing requirement? A. The law requires a “composite score” in or above the fourth stanine (23rd percentile) in order to continue homeschooling. A…

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Superintendents’ Addresses

Q. Where do I send the results of a standardized achievement test or evaluation? A. If you complied with the homeschool law 22.1-254.1 by filing a Notice of Intent or writing a letter to your division superintendent, you should send…

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Portfolio Evaluation

Q. Can I evaluate my child’s portfolio and send the evaluation letter to the superintendent? A. A portfolio is not mentioned in the homeschool law; however, it could fall under the category of an independent evaluation. In lieu of a…

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Testing If Beginning Mid-Year

Q. I just started homeschooling. Am I required to send test scores to the superintendent by August 1?   A. Yes, if you complied with the homeschool law by filing a “Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instruction” form or…

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Public School Testing

Q. I have a child who needs help with reading comprehension. Can I have him tested through the public schools? A. Public schools will only provide an evaluation and/or services for students enrolled in their schools, so you will need…

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When to Test

Q. When should homeschoolers test? A. If you decide to use a standardized achievement test, the law requires you to provide a composite test score in or above the fourth stanine (23 percentile) by August 1 each year (§22.1-254.1 (C)….

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Test Administrator

Q: A friend told me that testing must be done by a certified teacher. Does it have to be a Virginia certified teacher? A: An achievement test may be administered by a number of different people, depending on the test…

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Transcript and Testing Information

Q: On a high school transcript, should I indicate that my special-needs teen took a special type of achievement test or should I list the name of the test? The transcript may be used for college admissions.   A: Achievement…

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Grade Placement

Q. How do I place my child at the correct level for the upcoming year? Can I use an achievement test? A. Correct placement in the core skill subjects — language arts and mathematics – can be very helpful, but…

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Testing Low in One Section

Q. I’m in a panic! My student scored below the 23rd percentile on one section of a standardized test. What should I do? A. A student may score below the 23rd percentile on one or more sections of a standardized achievement…

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Stanines, Percentiles, and Grade Equilavents

Q. What are stanines, percentiles, and grade equilavent scores? A. STANINE SCORES Stanine is short for standard nine. A stanine score ranges from a low of 1 to a high of 9; therefore, the name “stanine.” For instance, a stanine score of …

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Testing If Behind in One Subject

Q. My two elementary-age children did not do well in math, so I put them back one grade level in math when we began homeschooling in  September. They are doing well in other subjects. Do I have to test them…

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Testing History

Q. How do I know what type of history my child should be reviewing for the end-of-year test? A. Homeschool students are NOT required to take the history and science portions of a standardized achievement test. They must take only…

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Practice Achievement Tests

This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers! Q. I’m concerned about my child’s performance on a standardized achievement test. Can you recommend…

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Physical Ed Requirements

Q. What are the physical education requirements for homeschoolers, and how do homeschoolers meet them? A. Although the Virginia law (§22.1-200) requires that specific subjects are taught in public schools–including physical education at the elementary level–these subjects are NOT required…

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Testing A Kindergartner

Q. Am I required to test my kindergarten child if I notified my superintendent last fall that we would begin homeschooling? A. Testing a kindergarten student does not depend on whether you notified or did not notify your superintendent. It…

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Schools Offering Spring Testing Clarification

Note: This was received in response to the “School District Offers Testing–What Are My Options?” Q&A published last week. I would like to clarify the section on ‘schools offering spring testing as an option’. We offer testing, at no cost,…

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SOLs and Homeschoolers

This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers! Q. What are the Standards of Learning (SOL) requirements for homeschoolers? A. A homeschool curriculum…

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AP Courses and Tests

This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers! Q. Does a high school student have to take an AP course before taking an…

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Notice of Intent & Test Results by August 1?

This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers! Q. Must I send my child’s test results AND my Notice of Intent by August…

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Low Test Scores

Q. If my child’s achievement test scores were low this year, should I test him again? What test scores are within the acceptable range for my school district? A. A score in or above the 23rd percentile is acceptable in…

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Testing and Religious Exemption

Q. Should I send in test results if I’m homeschooling under the religious exemption statute? A. No. If you are homeschooling because you have sincere religious convictions against sending your child to school and you are under the religious exemption…

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Changing Standardized Tests

This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers! Q. I’m concerned that changing tests might raise a red flag when I report the…

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Testing Other Times of the Year

This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers! Q. On your website you said that testing should be done “February through July.” Is…

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Testing If Moving in the Spring

This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers! Q. We’ll be moving out of state in June. Am I required to test and…

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Homeschool Codes for the SAT, ACT, and PSAT

This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers! Q. What are the school codes that high school homeschoolers should use for the SAT,…

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