Testing Requirements

In North Carolina, an annual standardized test should be administered to all Homeschooled students from the age of  until their graduation from your Homeschool Program.

Those tests must measure achievement in the areas of :

  • English Grammar
  • Reading
  • Spelling
  • Mathematics

According to the HSLDA Website:

“Parents must administer an annual standardized test (§ 115C-564) any time during the school year which must be made available on request “for inspection” by the state. “For one year after the testing, all records shall be made available … at the principal office of such school, at all reasonable times, for annual inspection by a duly authorized representative of the State of North Carolina.” (§ 115C-549 or § 115C-557).

Although the Division of Nonpublic Education has attempted to perform home visits under this provision, the law gives its officials no right to enter homes or to inspect any records besides test scores. There is also no statutory requirement for parents to attend regional meetings arranged by the Division of Nonpublic Education for the purpose of reviewing their records. Copies of testing results can be simply mailed to the Division of Non-Public Education upon request. “


The NC Statutes that pertain to Homeschools can be read here:


Review the “Links” section of North Carolina’s Homeschool-ology website (Page one), you can find companies that provide testing materials that meet the standards of the NC statues.


Additional Testing Information Can be Found on our Website:

Forsyth County

 Wake County

Raleigh Testing

Woodcock-Johnson Testing- Sean Hill

PES Direct- Testing in the Piedmont 


5 comments on “Testing Requirements
  1. Karen Dew says:

    I am confused about where to have my 6th grader tested so she can proceed to the 7th grade and will most likely be returning to public school in the fall. I need help!

    • Merit K says:

      Hi Karen- Your student can be tested anywhere, including in your own home for the end of her homeschool year. The tests home educators are required to give yearly are Standardized and Nationally Normed tests and are not a PASS/FAIL test such as the end of grade (EOG) testing in NC public schools. If you are planing on her returning to public school for 7th grade, you might want to consider having someone else test her, so that the schools may be more likely to put her back on grade level. They trust the “objectivity” of an outside testor more than they do the testing of a parent. You need to have the test done annually to fulfill the requirements of our state to homeschool, but remember, the public schools may require additional placement exams anyway. With all that in mind, if I were in your situation, I would look for an independent tester in my area for her year end test and choose one that the schools do use and trust such as the Woodcock-Johnson III. Depending on how friendly your school district is to home educators, you might be able to find out from them if they will accept your year end independant testing in lieu of other entrance exams for her 7th grade. I hope this gives you some guidance and help- I wish her well in her return to Public School this fall :)

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