Maine law requires homeschoolers that have filed letters of intent to homeschool to submit the results of assessments, annually, to their local superintendent's office at the end of each school year, no later than September 1.
Please Note: Due to COVID-19, the required number of days for school attendance (175) has been waived for the 2019-20 school year. Annual assessments, however, are still required for the 2019-20 school year. Options for portfolio reviews through HOME will remain available. Mail-in reviews will go on as usual. Group reviews will be replaced with an electronic (or mail-in) option. Find out more below..
The following are the legal options for annual assessment. Choose only one option to fulfill the law.
1. Review and acceptance of progress by: (a) a Maine certified teacher; (b) a homeschool support group that includes for this purpose a Maine certified teacher or administrator who has reviewed a portfolio of the student’s work; or (c) a local advisory board appointed by the superintendent composed of two homeschool teachers and one school official (must be arranged with school system before school year starts).
2. Official results of any national standardized achievement test; or
3. Results of a test developed by local school officials.
You can support your state homeschool organization with a HOME Portfolio Evaluation!
Homeschoolers of Maine (HOME) provides a convenient method for annual assessment, which fulfills the requirements of our homeschool statute. HOME portfolio reviews are easy and affordable! Reviews through HOME offer you help and encouragement, while supporting HOME, too! (Find out why supporting HOME is so important.)
HOME Portfolio Reviews are offered three ways:
Mail-in or Drop-off your portfolio for review. The printable Portfolio Evaluation Packet provides assembly instructions, helpful tips, a wide variety of record keeping pages, and all essential information needed to complete and prepare a portfolio to mail-in or drop-off for an individual review by a Maine certified teacher.
To participate, complete the pre-registration form included in the packet provided at the link below, and submit it to HOME by June 1 to take advantage of the early-bird discount.
Participate in a group portfolio review session. Are you looking for added encouragement and support? Are you a brand new homeschooler looking for ideas and guidance? HOME group reviews offer you an opportunity to fellowship with other homeschoolers in a group setting. Share what homeschooling was like for your family during the past year! A Maine certified teacher and a veteran homeschool leader will facilitate discussion, answer questions, and provide you with a signed letter of evaluation to submit to the Maine Department of Education and your local superintendent. Come to learn, connect and uplift one another!
Note: Since this is a group setting, this option for review does not allow much time for individual input from the certified teacher. If you would like your portfolio review to include more direct input from the certified teacher, the mail in review option would be a better fit!
To participate, you will need to complete a pre-registration form, and submit it to HOME. Space is limited for these sessions, so please register early using the pre-registration form in the packet below. You will also need to complete and bring the Group Portfolio Review Packet. Find out when and where group reviews are being held.
Email your portfolio to HOME for review. Tech savvy families will enjoy this option, and save on postage fees or travel time and costs.
The Digital Portfolio Evaluation Packet provides assembly instructions, helpful tips, a wide variety of record keeping pages, and all essential information needed to complete and prepare a portfolio to submit to HOME by email for an individual review by a Maine certified teacher.
To participate, you will need to complete the pre-registration form included in the packet provided at the link below, and submit it to HOME by August 1 to take advantage of the early-bird discount.
Registration fees are not refunded.
As a convenience for your family, HOME offers pre-assembled portfolios. Included is a 3-inch binder, subject dividers, plastic sheet protectors, all required pages, and simple instructions. Just fill in the required information add work samples, and submit! Find out more!
If you (or someone you know) need help covering a portfolio review, please reach out to the HOME Office in writing (an email is acceptable). We may be able to offer some assistance. Please submit a letter explaining your situation. Do not call. You will be notified regarding your eligibility. To learn more about HOME Scholarships, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
The Stanford 10 Online Achievement Test (SAT 10) is the ONLINE version of the Stanford 10, re-normed in 2018. This nationally normed, standardized achievement test is done online at your computer during a scheduled week you select at check-out up to 5 months in advance. The Stanford Online is an untimed, multiple-choice assessment that follows an easy-hard-easy question format where items are arranged to facilitate student engagement and test completion. No degree required. Seton is the Test Administrator.
Testing at the HOME Office is currently unavailable due to COVID-19.
Standardized achievement testing is another method of annual assessment that fulfills the assessment obligation under Maine homeschool law.
Standardized testing is also available throughout the year at the HOME office to provide parents with data to evaluate student ability and progress, and for annual assessment
HOME uses the Stanford Achievement Test, which is a nationally recognized, norm-referenced test used by educators across the nation. Results are provide in an easy to understand report that compares a student's score against others who have already taken the same test. Test contents include vocabulary, comprehension, spelling, listening, social studies, math, language and science.
Standardized testing dates are typically scheduled for all grades beginning in mid-May through mid-June. Call the HOME office before April 15 to reserve your space. Individual testing dates may be scheduled at any time throughout the year.
When using this option for annual assessment purposes, please plan ahead in order to comply with the law in a timely manner. Schedule tests in the spring, if possible. Test orders and test results sometimes take weeks to arrive, especially during the late spring and summer months. Assessment results are due in to the local school superintendent and Maine Department of Education by September 1. Follow these steps to participate in achievement testing through HOME: