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April 12, 2013

HSLDA Senior Counsel Dee Black assists members with questions and issues regarding North Dakota homeschool law. He and his wife homeschooled their children. Read more >>

Legislature Frees Some Homeschoolers from State Testing

On April 3, 2013, Governor Jack Dalrymple signed into law Senate Bill 2329, which provides an exemption from state testing for some homeschool families. State law currently requires testing of homeschool students while in grades 4, 6, 8, and 10, employing a standardized achievement test used by the local school district or, at the parent’s option, a nationally normed standardized achievement test chosen by the parent. Under the law just passed, a child is exempt from testing if the parent notifies the school district in the annual statement of intent that the parent has a philosophical, moral, or religious objection to standardized achievement tests. Additionally, the parent must be licensed or approved to teach by the education standards and practices board, must hold a baccalaureate degree, or must have met or exceeded the cutoff score of a national teacher examination given in North Dakota or in any other state if North Dakota does not offer such an examination.

The new law goes into effect on August 1, so it will not affect testing for the 2012-2013 school year.

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