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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 students. 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.

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

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.

From our Article Library

Feb 26, 2014

Many parents have questions about which achievement test would best fit their students. There have been several factors to take into consideration, but today, there is a new one: Do you want the test to be aligned to the Common Core? If you do not want a test aligned to the Common Core, then choose a test that was designed and normed before 2009.

Jan 29, 2014

Achievement testing is the educational topic most likely to incite questions and concerns among homeschoolers. Homeschool parents have questions about the nature of achievement testing and why some states require testing for homeschoolers. Many parents also become concerned that their children pass their grade at the end of the year. Given these concerns and questions, it is no wonder that some parents become quite contentious altogether about the topic!

May 1, 2001

Any day now, a large envelope containing the results of the standardized achievement tests administered earlier this year will appear in the mailbox of home educators across the state.