Options for Annual Assessment

Plan Ahead for Success!

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. 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..   

 

Review the steps to comply with the homeschool statute. 

 

The following are the legal options for annual assessment:

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.

 

Portfolio Evaluations

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:  

 

1. Mail Your Portfolio to HOME

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 below, and submit it to HOME by June 1 to take advantage of the early-bird discount.

 

Access a downloadable Portfolio Review Packet and more information.

 

2.  Join a HOME Group Review

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.

 

Access a downloadable Group Portfolio Review Packet and more information.

 

3. Submit Your Portfolio to HOME, Electronically

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 below, and submit it to HOME by August 1 to take advantage of the early-bird discount.

 

Access a Digital Portfolio Review Packet and more information.

 

Follow These Steps to Participate in a HOME Portfolio Review:

  1. Download your preferred portfolio review packet (see 1, 2 and 3 above), complete the pre-registration form that is included, and submit it to HOME. Be sure to take advantage of  early-bird registration rates and discounts available to HOME supporters!
  2. Submit your Portfolio: Option 1 - Mail-in or drop-off your completed portfolio to HOME by July 1. Portfolios that arrive after July 1 may be charged a late fee. Option 2 - Bring the required information to the Group Portfolio Review Session that you pre-registered for. Be prepared to share progress and achievements, as well as challenges. For more information on upcoming Portfolio Review Days, click hereOption 3 - Submit your digital portfolio to HOME via email.
  3. Portfolio Evaluation Cost for Early-bird Pre-registered Participants: Portfolio evaluations are $49. (HOME Supporters may apply discounts!) There is a $10 late fee for portfolio registrations submitted after deadlines.

Registration fees are not refunded. 

 

Purchase a Pre-assembled Portfolio to Save Time!

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!

 

Scholarships

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.

 

Standardized Testing Online

Seton Testing Services offers the Stanford 10 Online 2-day test with Lexile® for grades 3 – 12. 

 

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. 

 

Standardized Testing at the HOME Office

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 purposes. 

 

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:

 

  • Contact the HOME Office for testing fees (207-763-2880). Fees will vary. 
  • Order the appropriate test through HOME. 
  • Schedule testing dates through HOME. 
  • Talk to your child about what the experience will be like, and suggest test strategies. (Remember that achievement is not as important as developing the skill of test taking!) 
  • Make sure your child is well rested, is not ill and has a healthy meal before testing. 
  • Encourage your child to put forth his best effort.
  • Plan for a special treat after testing!