The High Desert Education Service District Home School office registers and provides support for home schooled students and their parents who reside in Crook and Deschutes counties.  Services include general consultation and information about home schooling, monitoring of overall compliance with home school notification and testing requirements and maintenance of student records.

For information on how to enroll your child, click on “About Home School” in the blue box above.

2020 Testing Information

Oregon law specifies that children must be tested following grades 3, 5, 8, and 10.

Parents may have their child tested at the ESD-assigned grade or higher, but must have the child tested in the requested year.

Group testing dates through Basic Skills Assessment and Educational Services are below.  However, if you are unable to test on these dates you may arrange to have the test administered by a qualified and neutral person as defined in ORS 339.035.  A complete list of qualified testers can be found on the ODE website at www.ode.state.or.us. Please note that all testing providers will charge for their services.

If your child is presently on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), please refer to that document for guidance regarding completion of this assessment.  Your child’s IEP team will be able to provide clarification if needed.

Tests approved by the State of Oregon for assessment of home schooled students are the 2 most recent versions of the following:
Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills/Terra Nova
IOWA Tests of Basic Skills / Tests of Achievement and Proficiency
Stanford Achievement Test Battery
Metropolitan Achievement Battery

Group testing dates in the Central Oregon area

Basic Skills has a few more remote testing dates:

August 14th, September 4th, September 25th, October 16th & October 30th.

If you have home school families needing testing and they are not sure how they can comply in light of covid restrictions, you may direct them to www.basicskills.net. Once there, they may click the testing tab which will direct them to the many testing options we offer.  

The process we have been using has worked very well since we implemented it this last spring.

If you are curious, here’s how it works:

  • Once a parent registers, we send out a large envelope which itself contains a security envelope containing testing materials (book and answer sheet).
  • On the day of testing, the testing envelope is opened in the presence (via zoom) of the state qualified examiner.
  • At the conclusion of the test, the test materials are placed in a postage paid envelope and mailed back to Basic Skills for scoring.
  • Once the test is scored, a report is generated by computer and mailed back to the parent.

Update 6.18.2020 from ODE:

Good afternoon, all.

The State Board of Education has approved the temporary rule change to extend the deadline for home school testing this year to November 1, 2020. Please share with your networks.

Update 4.17.2020 from ODE:

In working with our Legal Director, we decided to wait until May to present our rule change to the State Board regarding the August 15 deadline for home school testing. Asking for the extension in May (5/22) will allow for more time for testing (extension of the deadline to November, rather than October).

Given the extraordinary circumstances, we are confident that the rule change will be accepted. I will send out an official answer when I have it.

Thank you for letting your communities know that we are working on this and hope to have a solution next month.

Update 4.9.2020 from ODE:

We are taking the issue of Home School Testing to the State Board of Education on the 16th. I will have an update after that. Please remind your networks that the Governor’s orders apply only to public education, everything else must go through a rule change process.

 

Upcoming Events

Summit High School 8th Grade Information Night:  Feb 19th from 6:00-8:15 in SHS gym and commons.  Incoming freshmen and parents are invited to see what Summit is all about.  We are excited to welcome the Class of 2024!

Beginning Guitar Lessons:  Tuesdays from 6-7 pm Fe 11th-March 17th at Elton Gregory Middle School for 6th-12th graders.  Cost:  $55 ID, $71.50 OD.  For more info see Vince Giannini @ EGMS or www.raprd.org.  Scholarships are available!

Redmond Community Concert Association (RCCA) is proud to offer $2000 scholarships to Redmond are high school students for education music development.  Students can apply online at redmondcca.org.  Applications and a performance sample are due by Friday, March 20, 2020.  For more information visit RCCA

Music & Art in Redmond is looking at doing classes for homeschool students and groups.  Click here for more detail.

~ Please contact our office if you have a local event you’d like to have listed here!

 

 

Contact Information

High Desert Education Service District
2804 SW 6th Street
Redmond, OR 97756
Phone: 541-693-5656
Fax: 541-638-9646

Jamie Benton

Home School Coordinator

541-693-5656
jamie.benton@hdesd.org

The High Desert Education Service District Home School office registers and provides support for home schooled students and their parents who reside in Crook and Deschutes counties. Services include general consultation and information about home schooling, monitoring of overall compliance with home school notification and testing requirements and maintenance of student records.