General overview of the homeschooling laws in Oregon
The law that governs homeschooling in Oregon is Oregon Statute 339.030. It is an academic option in Oregon. Parents who choose to have their homeschool must register every one of them at their local Education Service District (ESD). Within ten (10) days of withdrawal from a public or private school, parents are required to register the students.
In the state of Oregon, children between the ages of six (6) and eighteen (18) must either attend a public or private school or they must comply with the homeschool laws until their graduation from high school. If the child becomes six (6) years old after the 1st of September, parents are not required to enroll the child in school or comply with the homeschool laws up until the beginning of the next school year.
Notification of Intent to homeschool in Oregon
Parents are not mandated by law to give to the local school district an advance Notification of Intent to educate their child at their home. If the child between seven (7) years old and eighteen (18) years old, it is necessary for the parent of the child to send a letter of intent to homeschool to the local Educational Service District (ESD).
Sending such a letter must not be later than the 1st of September. The letter must state that the parent intends to withdraw his or her child from the private or public school because of the former’s intention to teach the latter from home. The letter should include information such as the child’s name, place of residence, date of birth, and the name of the last public or private school the child has attended.
Qualifications required to homeschool in Oregon
There are no requirements for licensing or certification of homeschool parent or teachers that are noted in the Oregon Administrative Rules.
Number of days/hours of instruction required for homeschoolers in Oregon
There is no specific number of days and hours of instruction that is required for homeschoolers in Oregon.
What subjects need to be covered in Home Education (and for how long) in Oregon?
The subjects to be covered are also not specified. However, there is an assessment that is required on the 3rd grade, 5th grade, 8th grade, and 10th grade. Parents, at their own discretion, may have their child take the test on an earlier time if they believe that the child has completed grades mentioned or earlier.
The State Board of Education must approve these tests and they should be administered by a qualified neutral individual. A qualified neutral individual, according to the law, is a person who has one of the following:
- A current teaching license or personnel service license from the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (OTS PC)
- A license from the Oregon Board of Psychologist Examiners
- Purchased at least one of the tests that are approved, and met the publisher’s standard for purchase
- Evidence of satisfactory graduate course completion in which administration and interpretation of test is included in the course objective
- Previously qualified as a home school tester in Oregon, and has administered at least one of the approved tests during the previous year.
What are the recordkeeping requirements for homeschoolers in Oregon?
There is also no requirement when it comes to the maintaining of records of homeschoolers in the state of Oregon. Nevertheless, if the Educational Service District or (ESD) requests, the parents or legal guardians of the students must be able to furnish the results of the required assessment for each child. Hence, the parent or legal guardian should keep records of the testing.
Is part-time enrollment permitted in Oregon?
Yes, part-time enrollment is allowed in Oregon but this depends upon the policies and practices of the local school district. There is nowhere in the law that says requires school districts to allow part-time enrollment for homeschooled students.
However, if a school district does allow part-time enrollment of homeschooled children in the school districts’ regular education program, the district must also allow students with disabilities to participate exactly like how the former is permitted to.
Are homeschoolers permitted to participate in extracurricular activities in Oregon?
Yes, homeschoolers from Oregon are allowed to participate in extracurricular activities.
Should the homeschooled student wish to join in an Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) activity such as sports, music, band, speech, cheerleading, etc., the parent must register the homeschool before the beginning of the school year to enable the students to do their desired extracurricular activity in the same year. Generally, transferring of students to homeschooling during the middle of the year without the change of residence is not eligible to join the interscholastic activities for the remaining period of the school year.
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The exception to this is that if the local school’s district committee modifies or waives the rule. For the successful waiver of the the reason for the transfer should be something that is beyond the control of either the student. or parent. Some of the possible acceptable reasons are sickness, bullying, etc. Failure to maintain academic eligibility is not one of the acceptable reasons.