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123079612Deciding to homeschool your child is a major decision, a decision that you want to make with confidence and as much information as you can find. The requirements for homeschooling vary greatly depending on which state you live in. If you are considering homeschooling, you will need to become familiar with your specific state’s requirements. We’ve compiled a broad overview of state requirements for you.

Teaching Certification

Most states do not require that the parent or guardian possess a teaching certification—Arkansas is the only exception in this case. However, most states do require that the parent possess a certain level of education. Georgia, North Carolina, New Mexico and Pennsylvania require a high school diploma, GED or equivalent. Other states require that the parent or guardian be declared competent to provide a level of education that is comparable to that provided by the local public school.

Notice of Intent

In many states, parents are required to notify the state of their intent to homeschool their children. This includes Hawaii, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Texas. Some of these states only require initial notification while others require annual notification.

Reporting and Evaluation

Many states require that parents report their child’s progress annually, although how that progress is reported varies by state. Some states also require that an annual evaluation of the student’s progress be performed by a certified teacher. Reporting and evaluation are required in Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Massachusetts, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Standardized Testing

Many homeschool students are required to undergo regular standardized testing. The states that require testing are as follows: Colorado, Arkansas, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, North Dakota, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Vermont. Some of these states require that the students achieve a specific percentile of performance.

Subject Requirements

Many states require that specific subjects be taught, often designating specific subjects to specific grades. Subject requirements are enforced in Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Attendance

Attendance record requirements vary by state, with some states requiring annual submission of a record and others providing homeschool students with exemption from compulsory attendance. Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Delaware and Rhode Island require regular attendance records, while Alaska, Idaho and Massachusetts provide homeschool students with exemption.

While some states do not have any specific homeschool statutes, other states have very specific laws. There are many states that provide a variety of options for how a homeschool environment can be established in relation to public and private schools and even religious organizations. Before you decide which schooling option is right for your child, make sure you become an expert in your state’s laws as they will essentially determine the operation of your child’s education.

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467321197Deciding to home school your child is a big decision and one that may present unique challenges. Most parents who are new to homeschooling want to have some type of structure to follow until they are accustomed to the idea. Unfortunately, there is no such thing. But you can close enough. This structure that parents want is simply to get them into the groove of things. Once they begin with this strict schedule, it starts to give them the confidence to venture off into their own schedules and so on.

Homeschooling Tips

Homeschooling is a huge decision that requires a huge commitment. So you should pray about every aspect of it before making that final decision. Discuss things with your partner and allow him or her to be more involved. This helps to take the pressure of one person. Discussing things with your partner also means that you discuss pros and cons of everything the curriculum and together decide what is the most suitable subject or activity to go with. Research your curriculum before choosing it. Don’t just choose something because other parents you know use it and they recommend it. It is worth a look at if it has positive reviews from parents you know, however, bare in mind that each family is different and what works for one family may not do so for the other.

Everyone gets behind at times, even traditional schools, this is why you need to schedule in some free days to make up for the time that you fall behind. Make it a point to attend home school conferences and co-ops. This is a great way to meet and network with other parents and vendors. These people can a big help on those days when you simply need the extra support. At the beginning of your homeschooling year, you should decide on a vision statement and then create one. If your family is aware and in agreement with the vision statement then you can start including and excluding each curriculum that will help you get there. Follow us for more information on homeschooling, education and family related issues.