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 at grades, 4, 8 and 11. The South Dakota Department of Education provides, free of charge, a norm-referenced test to children who receive alternative instruction.

The Office of Assessment is currently seeking a vendor and all pertinent information will be updated as soon as the details are finalized.

  • Recommended test window for home school testing : March 27 – April 21, 2017
    • 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 have testing materials ordered is to be announce
    • Contact parents with information on testing window and when you will distribute materials
    • Parents must sign a security agreement. Form is labeled: Security Agreement
    • When results come back to the district, distribute to home school parents and keep a copy on file with other public school exemption resources

    • *SD DOE will not allow tests to be mailed out of state/out of country to a home school family.

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