Standardized tests are one of the ways to fulfill the year-end assessment requirement. Numerous standardized tests are available and each have different administration requirements, fees, and scoring turn-around times. Some, but not all, are aligned with Common Core Standards. Students are expected to demonstrate "progress commensurate with age, ability, and/or disability" per RSA 193-A. As of 2012 annual assessments are not required to be submitted to the Participating Agency, but results should be kept with the student's portfolio for a minimum of two years. The law was changed in June 2022 to remove the requirement to score at or above the 40th percentile on a composite score.
Some families utilize standardized tests to determine placement levels at the beginning of their home education program or the start of their academic year. This is optional and not part of NH's homeschool requirements.
Home educators may chose from a number of standardized tests such as Basic Achievement Skills Inventory (SASI), the California Achievement Test (CAT), the Stanford Test, the Iowa Basic Skills Test (ITBS), the Personalized Achievement Summary System (PASS), the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), the TerraNova, and others. Many of these tests may be administered at home by parents, but others may require a qualified teacher or proctor. Consult the providers' website for more information. Parents need to reserve the exam in advance for a specific time period and return it by a particular date.
Below is a list of some, but not all, of the various providers; more can be found online. This is not an endorsement or recommendation of any particular test or provider.
Group Testing Options
Teachers and librarians are often considered acceptable proctors. Our list of teacher evaluators indicate if they also provide proctor services.
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