Governor Kristi Noem waived South Dakota’s homeschool testing requirements for the 2019–2020 school year when she signed Senate Bill 189 on March 31.

While parents may still give their children standardized tests if they so desire, they are not required to submit the results of these tests for children in 4th, 8th, and 11th grade as they normally would under state law (South Dakota abolished the requirement to submit test results for 2nd graders in 2016).

Parents are encouraged to note that this bill only applies to the current school year, so this requirement will again take effect in the 2020–2021 school year.

In addition, annual homeschooling notices must still be filed as normal.

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