The Arkansas Homeschool Testing Office announced that homeschool testing packets were mailed out on January 11, 2013. Arkansas homeschoolers with students in grades three through nine should receive their testing packets this week. State law requires students take yearly standardized testing. Registration for testing is due by March 8, 2013. Parents have several testing options.
State provided testing
Arkansas provides testing sites throughout the state. Taking the test at one of these sites is free of charge but you must register for a specific site in advance. Walk-ins are not allowed. Testing sites are listed in your testing packet. Registration is easy, it can be done online through the website listed in the testing packet. You will need the family number included in the testing packet in order to register. Testing at state sites will be from April 1-5 and April 8-12.
Some homeschool co-ops are registered as private test sites. Ask your homeschool administrator if your homeschool is registered. There is no charge to test at a registered homeschool co-op. Registration for this option must be done online.
Testing with a private agency
Parents can choose to test with a private agency instead of using one of the state's options. With this option parents pay for the test. Depending on the test that is taken, parents can test their children at home. A testing packet is ordered from a testing company and the test is administered at home or at a specific place. For families that have transportation issues or families that travel frequently, this may be the best option. Test prices range from $25 to $55 or more depending on what test you decide on.
I didn't get a testing packet
There are several reasons that you did not receive a testing packet. If your children are not currently in grades three through nine, you will not receive a testing packet. Parents who did not fill out a notice of intent or waiver form will not receive a testing packet. If this is the case, fill one out now because it is required by law. If you moved during the school year, the testing office may not have your current address. For questions or concerns about testing, contact the state testing office.