Annual Assessments for Homeschoolers in New York State
At the time of filing the fourth quarterly report, the parent shall also file an annual assessment using a commercially published norm-referenced achievement test such as follows:
Iowa Test of Basic Skills
California Achievement Test
Stanford Achievement Test
Metropolitan Achievement Test
State Education Department test (such as Regents)
Alternative test which has been approved by the State Education Department
Note: Brewertesting.com provides several norm-referenced achievement tests at reasonable prices. There is even an online Stanford test.
The test must be administered by one of the following methods:
1) at the public school, by its professional staff
2) at a registered nonpublic school, by its professional staff, provided you have permission from your home school district and the nonpublic school administration
3) at the parent's home or any other reasonable location, by a New York State certified teacher or by another qualified person, provided that the school district has consented to said person administering the test
Note: Keep in mind that some commercial tests require certain qualifications in order to order and /or administer the test (For example, the Iowa test requires the test administrator to have a bachelor's degree.)
The test shall be scored by:
1) the person administering the test or by someone mutually agreed upon by the parent and school superintendent; or by
2) the testing center you ordered the test from, if permission is granted by the school district.
If a score on a test is determined to be inadequate, the homeschool program shall be placed on probation. A student's score shall be deemed adequate if:
1) the student has a composite score above the 33rd percentile on national norms; or
2) the student's score reflects one academic year of growth as compared to a test administered during or subsequent to the prior school year.
Alternative Evaluation Methods:
A written narrative prepared by a NYS certified teacher, a home instruction peer group review panel, or other person who has interviewed the child and reviewed a portfolio of the child's work. Note: Said person shall be chosen by the parent but must meet with superintendent approval.
A written narrative may be used no more than every other school year, and shall be prepared by a NYS certified teacher, a home instruction peer group review panel, or other person who has interviewed the child and reviewed a portfolio of the child's work. Note: Said person shall be chosen by the parent but must meet with superintendent approval.
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