Yearly Assessment for WV Homeschoolers

By WV state law, homeschoolers must have a yearly assessment performed each year in Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.  The results of these assessments must be submitted by June 30 to the County Board of Education for grades 3, 5, 8, and 11. 

You must keep all results on file for at least three years.

You can read the full text of the WV state law that relates to homeschooling at  http://www.wvlegislature.gov/WVCODE/Code.cfm?chap=18&art=8

The yearly assessment can be one of four options:

  1. A standardized achievement test nationally normed within the last ten years,

  2. Standardized testing through the student's local school,

  3. A written narrative prepared by a certified teacher (the "Portfolio Review"), or

  4. An alternative assessment agreed to by the county superintendent of schools.

#1 and #3 are the most common assessments used by WV homeschoolers.

A Standardized Achievement Test 

The child receiving home instruction takes a nationally normed standardized achievement test published or normed not more than ten years from the date of administration  and administered under the conditions as set forth by the published instructions of the selected test and by a person qualified in accordance with the test’s published guidelines in the subjects of reading, language, mathematics, science and social studies. 

  • Offered in the spring by both CHEWV and WVHEA.

  • There are also companies that offer testing services but you are responsible to make sure they meet the requirements of the law.

The Portfolio Review

A portfolio of samples of the child’s work is reviewed by a certified teacher who determines whether the child’s academic progress for the year is in accordance with the child’s abilities. The teacher shall provide a written narrative about the child’s progress in the areas of reading, language, mathematics, science and social studies and shall note any areas which, in the professional opinion of the reviewer, show need for improvement or remediation. 

  • Samples of work can include pictures, lists of books read, field trips, special classes.

  • We recommend using a homeschool-friendly reviewer.  There are many certified teachers that homeschool.

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