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The state law requires each homeschool to administer a nationally standardized achievement test, or other nationally standardized equivalent measure to all homeschool students annually until they graduate. The compulsory attendance requirements stop at age 16. However, unless the student has graduated, he must be working toward graduating from a valid school until age 18 in order to have a drivers license. Homeschools that don’t administer an annual test to each of their students are not legally valid schools. The divers license question is not an issue for an 18 year old, but if the homeschool is planning to issue a diploma they must meet the legal requirements to insure the diploma is valid. Some  prospective employers or colleges want to see the test scores for all the high school years. The state does not dictate which test must be given or who is to administer it. Because of the NC compulsary attendance law, if your students are younger than seven, they are not required to be in school, therefore, are not required to be tested.

Many local support groups organize group testing for their members. If you are interested in group testing, contact a local Supportive Association leader. If you need help in finding the support group nearest you, contact your region's Regional Director.

Additional information about testing can be found at the DNPE FAQ:

We have provided a list of tests that are commonly used and a list of providers.

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Cognitive ability or aptitude tests attempt to measure a student’s cognitive reasoning abilities. They help you know how information is learned.

May 14, 2014

Once you have chosen an achievement test and administered it, the final step of the annual process is interpreting the score report. I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling that this can be the most intimidating step. The typical score report seems to have more columns of numbers than a tax schedule!

Feb 26, 2014

Many parents have questions about which achievement test would best fit their students. There have been several factors to take into consideration, but today, there is a new one: Do you want the test to be aligned to the Common Core? If you do not want a test aligned to the Common Core, then choose a test that was designed and normed before 2009.