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Homeschooling in Oregon

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Read this article to learn more about how to homeschool in Oregon. You can get familiar with homeschooling regulations, learn what subjects you should teach and find helpful resources.

Starting a Homeschool in Oregon

In order to begin homeschooling in Oregon, you will need to register your children with the Education Service District (ESD) in your area. You must complete this registration within 10 days of beginning to homeschool or withdrawing your children from other schooling. You do not have to register for every year you teach your children. However, if you homeschool your children for any period of time, re-enroll them in public school and choose to withdraw them again, or if you change districts, you will need to complete a second registration.

Teaching at Home

Oregon doesn't supply a specific curriculum for homeschooling families to follow. However, homeschooled children will be tested to ensure they meet state standards at the following grade levels:

  • 3rd
  • 5th
  • 8th
  • 10th

The state of Oregon uses Common Core content standards for language arts, social sciences, science and mathematics that can be found on the Oregon Department of Education's website (www.ode.state.or.us). It's recommended that you get familiar with these standards and ensure that you are providing your children with comparable instruction, so they are ready for their assessments.

You can access Common Core Standards Courses that are designed to help students master the information covered by these standards. These study guides offer your children a chance to go over what they need to know by watching short, fun video lessons and completing interactive quizzes.

There are additional home school courses you can check out to supplement your children's learning environment. Younger children can use these language arts, math and science courses to stay on track with their schooling.

Testing Information

You can find the current testing options available for homeschooled students in the state of Oregon on the DOE's website. As a parent or guardian, you will need to pay for the exams and choose from a list of qualified examiners to administer the exams. The state requires you to submit your children's scores to your ESD. If your children do not score on or above the 15th percentile, they will be retested the following year. If scores show no sign of improvement over several years, the ESD superintendent has the option to order children to attend public schools or to work with a licensed teacher.

Getting a Diploma

The state of Oregon doesn't offer homeschooled students a high school diploma. Students interested in attaining a high school equivalency certificate can complete a GED test. You can help your children prepare for this exam with this GED Study Guide. This course was designed to help students go over each section of the GED. It includes quizzes and tests that allow students to get practice answering questions similar to those they'll face on the exam.

Additional Information

Homeschooled children may be able to take part in some activities offered by the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA). Students must have grades in good standing in order to participate in these activities. There may be special requirements or fees required for these activities. You can get in touch with local school organizations or the OSAA for specific information about the activities you're interested in for your children.

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