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Home Schooling is an educational option in Oregon. Families who choose to home school children in their care must do the following items, pursuant to Oregon Administrative Rule 581-021-0026:
For more information, please see the Questions and Answers
A variety of private and public alternative schools and programs are evolving to support Oregon's commitment to help students achieve high academic and career-related standards and to pursue their individual goals and interests.
A charter school is a public school operated by a group of parents, teachers, and/or community members as a school of choice within a school district.
Please take time to review the Questions & Answers, and Laws, Data and Resources pages before requesting additional information on home schooling.
Curriculum and assignments are not provided by the State, however, testing is required at grades 3, 5, 8 and 10. Please visit the State Standards webpage which states the grade level expectations for what public school students are expected to be able to know and be able to do by graduation. Your local ESD, district or public school may also be able to provide additional resources to support your child.
How do I become an approved homeschool Tester?
A "qualified person" is an individual who:
For example, if you have a current Oregon personnel service or teaching license, then you would send a copy of your license with your request. If you qualify because you have met the publisher’s qualifications for purchase and purchased at least one of the approved tests, you would submit evidence that the publisher has approved you and evidence of the test you purchased.
To express interest in become a home school tester, please contact Annie Marges, 503-934-0787. Once on the list, you will be sent an update form each year and asked to return it by April 1st. If the form is not returned, your name will be removed from the list and you will have to re-apply.
This list is updated as testers provide new contact information to the ODE Home School Staff. Please take a moment to make sure your information is current. If you need to make changes, please contact Annie Marges at 503-934-0787.
Families must notify their local Education Service District (ESD) of their intent to home school within ten days of withdrawal from public school (or at the start of first grade). Most ESDs have a notification form on their Home School website; please find your local ESD and their Home School website in the list below.
ESD Home School web pages also can provide valuable information in your Home Schooling experience.
For more information on this topic, email Annie Marges or call (503) 934-0787.
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