State Testing Update
Many parents have been asking if there is a waiver in place for homeschooled students to not have to take an assessment this year if their child is in the 3rd, 5th, 8th or 10th grade. Here is what the Oregon Dept. of Education sent me on 6-18-2020.
June 2021 - 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 . The State Board of Education approved the temporary rule change to extend the deadline for home school testing to November 1. This extension does not apply to home schoolers who are testing to establish or maintain eligibility for the OSAA, they must still submit test scores by August 15.
TERRA NOVA TESTING FOR HOMESCHOOLED STUDENTS - 2021
Cost is $45
Only $65 for the extended test which includes Soc. Studies and Science
$5 discount for third child registered (see coupon when paying online)
There will be a small group test given on July 16th
Cost is $75.
PRIVATE TESTS ALSO AVAILABLE
Cost is $90
Click the Register tab to register online or download and print the registration form
Practice Tests available to purchase - go to "Shop"
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When does my child need to take the test?
The Oregon Dept. of Ed. requires students who have never been to public or private school to test at the end of their 3, 5, 8 and 10 grade years. If a student has been in public or private school, they do not have to test until 18 months after they have started homeschooling.
How do I prepare my
child for the test?
The test is all in a multiple choice format, so any practice your child can get answering multiple choice questions in a timed format will help your child prepare for the test.
Tests.com has a good website with information about the Terra Nova test.
What if my child doesn't pass the test?
Students need to get a total battery score (reading and math scores combined) of a 15th percentile. The Terra Nova is a nationally normed test, so your student is being compared to other students in the US. Here's what the OR Dept. of Ed. says if your child does not meet this requirement:
"If a student at grade 5 does not meet the performance requirement on the test given following grade 5, the student will be required to be tested again after grade 6. If the results of the test given following grade 6 are below the performance requirement, but do not show a decline from the grade 5 test, the student meets the performance requirement and the student will not be required to be tested again until grade 8. If the results of the grade 6 test show a decline from the grade 5 results, the student will be required to be tested again following grade 7 and the ESD superintendent may require the parent or guardian to place the student under the supervision of a licensed teacher at the expense of the parent. OAR 581-021-0026(7) If the results of the grade 7 test continue to show a decline, the ESD superintendent may:
* allow the student to continue under the supervision of a licensed teacher and be tested again at grade 8; or
* allow the student to continue to be home schooled and be tested again at grade 8; or
* order the student back to school for no more than 12 consecutive months"
We will provide a sanitized environment and social distancing. We ask that you and your child please wear masks when registering.