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NYS Standardized Testing Guide for Homeschooling Families

Updated: May 13

New York State Standardized Testing Guide for Homeschooling Families:


I know, I know! As homeschooling families we want freedom from things like standardized testing. I assure you that the guidelines aren't as complicated as you may think they are and this can be approached with ease. By following this guide you can ensure that you are meeting the requirements and not over analyzing them.


1. Know the Legal Requirements: Familiarize yourself with the legal requirements for homeschooling in New York, including regulations around standardized testing. See attached links at the end of this article!


2. Understand Testing Requirements: Understand when standardized testing must be administered. In New York, homeschool students must be tested annually with a standardized test every other year beginning in the 4th grade. Because this testing only has to be done every other year, you may opt to test your child for the first time in the 5th grade. Additionally, standardized tests must be issued in every year of high-school.


3. Choose an Approved Test: Select a state-approved standardized test for your child's grade level. Options include the New York State Testing Program (NYSTP), Stanford Achievement Test Series, The California Achievement Test (my personal favorite which I have attached below), or the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.


4. Administer the Test: Administer the chosen test according to its instructions. Some tests may state that they must be administered by a qualified proctor or test administrator. That is YOU as the homeschooling parent per NYS regulations.


5. Submit Test Results: Submit the test results to the local school district by the specified deadline that you provided on your IHIP. We typically inform the district of our test choice when submitting our third quarter report. Results should only include your child's cumulative score. This assessment will replace your usual annual assessment of a narrative report or a portfolio review. Additionally, your child must hit a cumulative percentile of above 33%, or show improvement from years prior before


6. Keep Records: Keep detailed records of your child's test scores, as well as any other required documentation, for your homeschooling portfolio.


7. Approach it like any other lesson: As homeschoolers, some of our kids may not be experienced with testing. Homeschooling families are able to work on skills until they are mastered. Approach the test as if it were any other lesson your child was experiencing for the first time. There are also practice tests for those who wish to utilize them.








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