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Every state maintains different regulations on whether homeschool families must submit to regular achievement testing. Please check with the homeschool liaison in your county or state to confirm what the most up-to-date laws and regulations are pertaining to homeschooling.

As for June 2012, state testing requirements are as follows:

  • Maryland
    Maryland homeschool families are NOT required to have their children take any standardized achievement testing. Families do have the option of having their children participate in Maryland School Assessments or High School Assessments through their local public school.
  • Pennsylvania
    In 3rd, 5th, and 8th grade, Pennsylvania families must submit results from reading/language arts and mathematics subtests along with their portfolio of records. The Woodcock Johnson Test of Achievement is one of ten approved standardized tests that Pennsylvania homeschool children can take. The law specifically states that a parent may not administer the test to their own child. As an alternative to paying for private testing, families may also select to have their child take the Pennsylvania state standardized achievement test, PSSA, at their local public school.
  • Virginia
    The Virginia Home Instruction Statute (22.1-254.1 C) requires parents to provide evidence of progress by August 1 of the recently completed school year. One option of proof is that parents may submit a composite score in or above the fourth stanine on any nationally normed standardized achievement test, such as the WJ-III.
  • Washington D.C.
    Washington D.C. homeschool families are NOT required to have their children take any standardized achievement testing.

Hand In Hand Homeschool offers special pricing for families requesting individualized achievement testing in order to meet state requirements. Score reports are available within 48 hours of testing. Contact us today for more information and to schedule your appointment.


January 16, 2018

What our clients say about Hand In Hand:

"Thanks again for a great testing experience and the additional materials you sent."

~ Rachel from Washington D.C.


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