Guest Author - Alissa Moy
Anyone starting or considering a homeschool program needs to be aware of the requirements for their home state. There is a new category in subjects here at the BellaOnline Homeschooling page, titled "Homeschooling in Your State" which provides you with several links for each state that have information on the laws, resources available and support group listings. I have personally evaluated each link for it's authenticity, and if you encounter any problems or find a link broken please feel free to let me know via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is a quick overview of the states and their requirements, in general. These are subject to revision, of course, and you should always check with your local state and county government for exact requirements.
****Most Requirements- The states listed below require the following: Notification or letter of intent to homeschool, a professional evaluation each year to assess progress made or testing, and prior approval of curriculum being used to teach at home.
***More Requirements/Not Most- The states below have less requirements then the states listed above, but they still need a yearly evaluation for your homeschooled child. This can be a professional evaluation, done by a certified teacher or a psychologist. Testing is also an option in lieu of an evaluation. Also, these states need a letter of intent to homeschool, usually filed with your county.
**Minimal Requirements- The following states only require a letter of intent to homeschool your child. Check with your local county or town government on how to file your letter.
*No Requirements- These states have no requirements to homeschool your child:
Please check out the "Homeschooling in your State" subject area to view specific area information.