In June 2015 the Governor signed SB 321, which changes the age for compulsory school attendance (or homeschool registration) from age 7 to age 6, effective July 2016. Beginning in the 2016-2017 academic year, children who are SIX (6) by September 1, 2016 will be required to register in school or as homeschoolers.
If your child attends an online charter school, you are not required to register as a homeschooler, as the charter schools are public schools.
The testing requirements for homeschoolers has not changed from previous requirements. Testing is required at the end of 3rd, 5th, 8th, and 10th grades for children who have been homeschooled at least 18 months (since February 15th of the prior academic year).
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Read the specifics of the bill at the Oregon Legislature’s website here.
House Bill 3446 had a Public Hearing on Apr 8, 2013. HB 3446 would remove the standardized testing and reporting requirements to which homeschoolers are still subject but other privately educated children are not. HB 3446 is sponsored by Representative Barker and Senator Starr, at the request of Oregon Home Education Network (OHEN) and Oregon Christian Education Association Network (OCEANetwork).
To read the content of HB 3446, go here.
The Statutes and Administrative Rules governing Oregon homeschoolers are available on the OHEN website here.
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There are also the Oregon House, Senate, and Joint Committees on Education.