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7/24/2007 3:52:35 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oregon--Testing Deadline Approaching

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July 24, 2007

Oregon: Testing Deadline Approaching

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, the results
do not need to be submitted unless the Education Service District
(ESD) has requested them. Most ESD's regularly request the test
results.

Each year HSLDA is contacted by member families who have received a
letter from their ESD demanding that the results must be submitted by
a certain date. Last year, the Northwest Regional ESD demanded that
all homeschool test results be in by August 31. After several member
families contact us, we wrote to the Northwest Regional ESD on behalf
of our member families in the region and informed them 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. 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 in developing a privately
developed plan (PDP) which can address the testing requirements.

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 http://www.hslda.org/join/apply.asp .

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

Sincerely,

Thomas J. Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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