Home School

Parents/guardians who currently provide alternative instruction pursuant to SDCL 13-27-3 are required to file an Application for Public School Exemption Certificate annually. This Home School link references SD Codified Law and responsibilities for Parents, Schools Districts, and Department of Education.

South Dakota students who receive alternative instruction are required to take a nationally standardized achievement test in Mathematic and Reading at grades, 4, 8 and 11(grade 2 no longer required). The South Dakota Department of Education provides, free of charge, a norm-referenced test to children who receive alternative instruction. If parents/guardians use a different test than the one provided by the state, it must be a nationally standardized achievement test. These different tests will be at the expense of the parent/guardian and results need to be shared with the school district.

2018 Updates

Please use the Spring 2018 Homeschool Order From using this link. Download the form and follow the instructions. When emailing it, please put “South Dakota” and the district name in the subject line.

As in the last few years, there is no cost for shipping the materials to districts, but the district will pay for shipping completed documents after testing.

Window for SAT10 home school testing: March 26 – April 20, 2018

  • Make sure enough materials are on hand to accommodate all students in grades 4, 8 and 11 that are being home schooled in your district.
  • Recommended window to order testing materials is February 20 – March 10, 2018
  • Completed test materials must be mailed by May 4, 2018
  • Tests returned to districts after the return date will not be eligible to be scored.
  • Contact parents with information on testing window and when you will distribute materials
  • Parents must sign the Security Agreement from this link
  • When results come back to the district, distribute to home school parents and keep a copy on file with other public school exemption resources (Please notify Central Office staff that receives mail to expect these documents as they could arrive after test coordinators are off contract.)
  • Only Math and Reading Comprehension subtests should be completed
*SD DOE will not allow tests to be mailed out of state/out of country to a home school family.

Documents Forms
South Dakota Home School- Order for Scoring Services (OSS) South Dakota Home School- Return Address Label
2018 Test Security Agreement 2018 Home School Order Form


For more information, contact Jan Martin at the Department of Education, (605) 773-3246.