Homeschool Testing

Homeschooled students must take a nationally normed achievement test every year, unless the homeschool is accredited by a state-recognized accrediting agency. 

  • If you are filing a Full Report in fall 2015, your student must take the test until age 17. If you are filing a Letter of Intent in fall 2015, your student must take the test until age 16.
  • MDE recommends the Iowa Test of Basic Skills or the Stanford Achievement Test. Both tests are available from the University of Minnesota. The ACT (www.actstudents.org) is an option for high school students.
  • Supplemental testing is required to the extent that the nationally normed test does not encompass all required subject areas. 
  • There are exceptions to the testing requirement based on the instructor’s qualifications. See Minnesota Statute 120A.22, Subd. 11 (b).
  • Low scores on nationally normed achievement test: If your student scores at or below the 30th percentile on the test, you must evaluate their abilities to determine whether they have learning problems.