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Proof? What Proof?

Home schooling families in New Mexico who are teaching students in grades 4, 6, or 8 are required to have their children tested using a standardized achievement test. Parents have two options: testing through the public school using the CTBS 5/Terranova Survey Plus or obtaining the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills through Bob Jones University and administering it at home.

In order to use the Iowa Test, home schoolers must notify the local school district testing office before January 15. In addition, after the test is administered, home school parents are responsible to provide some sort of evidence that the test was used. Some school districts will accept a copy of the packing slip from BJU showing that it was ordered; for those that do not, Home School Legal Defense Association recommends that our members make a photocopy of the test results, blocking out all of the scores. This photocopy will then show the name of the child tested and the date the test was administered—this is sufficient proof that the test was given.

If your school district is not satisfied with this evidence, please contact HSLDA for assistance. — Darren A. Jones