Testing & Counseling Services

 

Currently, Oregon requires testing of home schooled children at ending grades 3, 5, 8, and 10. Only approved standardized tests may be used, and such tests must be given by a certified test provider. (The OSAT tests administered in public schools are not an approved test as they are not nationally normed.)

We have summarized the current law more fully on our Know the Law page. If your child struggles to pass the standardized tests at the 15th percentile, please see that section for more information about addtional requirements and our Counseling section below for those who may provide educational help.

 

Certified Test Givers

Basic Skills which has provided support for the homeschool community for over thirty years offers testing services at various locations and dates throughout the metro area. (Portland metro)

Making Home School Fun provides low-stress style testing through the efforts of certified test provider Justine Gamble. (Beaverton-Tigard-Hillsboro areas)

Megan Nixon provides certified individual and group testing at her home location in Hillsboro. Please contact her at megan@homeschoolsupportservice.com

For more test providers, please contact your local Educational Service District for a list of current test providers.

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The Oregon Department of Education also supplies testing rules and registered test takers.

Counseling

Basic Skills provides educational counseling, high school oversight, and tutoring. Basic Skills no longer provides PDP oversight, but you can now contact Jo Edwards, the Basic Skills special needs staff person, directly at jedwards@molalla.net for PDP help.

Tammy Arp, Educational Services, provides homeschool coaching and individual tutoring. Editor of the CHOC Board, she brings over 20 years of homeschooling experience to every session to help you learn how to confidently homeschool your child. Contact her directly at tammyrarp@gmail.com to schedule a session.

Homeschooling with Disabilities

OCEANetwork offers suggestions and guidance for those homeschooling children who have special needs. Oregon allows both a public school supervised Independent Development Program (IDP) or a privately supervised Personalized Development Plan (PDP). You can also see OHEN's summation of those plans from OHEN Testing Alternatives for Children. The Homeschooling summary page is defunct on the Oregon.gov site, but you can see the original OAR here which sets our the rules for the PDP.

A2Z Homeschooling provides a page full of links for ADD/ADHD resources, curriculum, and programs.

 

Assistive Learning Technology Consulting LLC provides consultation, training, and advocacy services on assistive technology (AT) for students who have learning difficulties and/or attention issues. AT uses both high tech and low tech tools to help children learn better. The end results are students who experience greater independence, increased skills in their focus areas, and are able to demonstrate proficiency to their teachers. Please contact them for more information or a free 20 minute consultation on how AT could help your child. Located in Corvallis but will travel.

Decoding Dyslexia Oregon provides support and information for those who are concerned their child may have dyslexia.

George Fox Behavioral Health Centers offers a sliding fee schedule for families for testing of ADHD and learning disorders. This is done within their psychology department (which also covers mental illness, but they also offer learning disability and cognitive behavior assessment to the community).

Jo Edwards, the Basic Skills special needs staff person, can help with preparing the required PDP for homeschooling a special needs child in Oregon. Contact her directly at jedwards@molalla.net.

Contact NATHHAN for help in finding a local counselor for children with special learning needs.

Portland Aspergers Community connects through this facebook page PDX Aspergers.