Testing: necessary or not?
In the last few months, several Louisiana members have contacted Home School Legal Defense Association asking if standardized testing is required for home school students each year. It appears that some school districts may have been giving out incorrect information on this issue.
According to Louisiana law, home schoolers who file a renewal application to home school must submit "satisfactory evidence that the program has in fact offered a sustained curriculum of quality at least equal to that offered by public schools at same grade level." One of the options for providing this evidence is submission of standardized test scores. However, testing is not the only option. Other options include an outline of the curriculum used, third party evaluations, and/or copies of the student's work.
If you are given information by your school district that seems to conflict with the law, contact HSLDA immediately so that we can assist you in educating district officials.
— Darren A. Jones