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The state law requires each homeschool to administer a nationally standardized achievement test, or other nationally standardized equivalent measure to all homeschool students annually until they graduate. Homeschools that don’t administer an annual test to each of their students are not legally valid schools. If the homeschool is planning to issue a diploma they must meet the legal requirements to insure the diploma is valid. Some prospective employers or colleges want to see the test scores for all the high school years. The state does not dictate which test must be given or who is to administer it. Because of the NC compulsary attendance law, if your students are younger than seven, they are not required to be in school, therefore, are not required to be tested.

From the DNPE website:
"In accordance with G.S. 115C-564, the home school chief administrator is required to administer a nationally standardized test or other nationally standardized equivalent measurement to each enrolled student on an annual basis.  The nationally standardized test or other equivalent measurement selected by the chief administrator must measure achievement in the areas of English grammar, reading, spelling and mathematics.  The chief administrator is responsible for securing and scheduling the nationally standardized test.  The test results must be kept on file at the home school for at least one year thereafter. Failure to retain test results may jeopardize your child's proper grade placement when seeking enrollment in a conventional school.  The test results must also be made available for annual inspection upon request by a DNPE staff member."

Many local support groups organize group testing for their members. If you are interested in group testing, contact a local group leader. If you need help in finding the support group nearest you, contact your region's Regional Liaison.

Additional information about testing can be found at the DNPE FAQ:

We have provided a list of tests that are commonly used and a list of providers.

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