From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


7/11/2006 11:09:16 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oregon--Deadline for Testing

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

July 11, 2006

Oregon--Deadline for Testing

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

As many of you already know, homeschool students who have completed
the 3rd, 5th, 8th, or 10th grade this year must be given an approved
test by August 15 under Oregon law.

According to Oregon Administrative Rules, chapter 581, rule
581-021-0026 testing for grade levels 3, 5, 8, and 10 shall occur in
the third, fifth, eighth, and tenth year ending August 15. The first
year is defined as when the child is 7 on September 1, or earlier at
the parent's discretion.

While a parent must have their child tested by August 15, results do
not need to be submitted unless the Education Service District (ESD)
has requested them. Most ESD's regularly request test results.

Nearly every year, Home School Legal Defense Association hears from
member families who have received a letter from their ESD demanding
that the results be submitted by a certain date. This year the
Northwest Regional ESD has demanded that all homeschool test results
be in by August 31. We have written to the Northwest Regional ESD on
behalf of our member families in the region and have pointed out that
there is no deadline under Oregon law by which the test results must
be submitted.

In our opinion, the ESD has no legal authority to set a date when the
test results must be submitted. If you have the test administered by
August 15 you should submit the results when you receive them and have
been requested by the ESD to do so. We expect the Northwest Regional
ESD to back down from their demand for all results to be submitted by
August 31. HSLDA is committed to defending any member family whose
results will be delayed beyond any "deadline" set by their local ESD.

In Oregon any one of the two most recent versions of the following
tests may be administered by a qualified neutral person: the
California Achievement Test; the Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills;
the Iowa Test of Basic Skills/Tests of Achievement and Proficiency;
the Metropolitan Achievement Battery; and the Stanford Achievement
Test Battery.

As long a child scores at the 15th percentile or higher they are
automatically deemed to have made adequate progress. If you believe
your child will have difficulty making the 15th percentile please
contact us so that we might assist you.

If you are not yet a member of HSLDA and would like to help us
continue to fight for parental rights and greater homeschool freedom
in Oregon please visit .

May God truly bless your family as you teach your children at home.


Thomas J. Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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