Testing Requirements

Some of the information on this page was sourced from the website of St. Margaret's Fellowship, a Sioux Falls area Catholic homeschooling support group.  Our thanks to them for this info, please visit their website in our Links.

Tests need to be taken in grades 2, 4, 8 and 11. If your 11th grader is age 18 or older, they are no longer under compulsory attendance and not required to be tested.  If your 11th grader has taken an ACT or SAT test, those results can be submitted for this requirement.

The nationally standardized achievement test need only test skills in mathematics and language arts. Parents may choose to test other subjects, but are not required.

The local public school district may provide the test or another test may be chosen by and provided at the expense of the child's parent, guardian or school giving alternative instruction.  Most SECHE members get their own tests and administer them at home, as that is the learning environment with which the child is most familiar.

The test results can be returned to the school with the annual filing of the exemption certificate in the summer.

You are not required to take the Dakota Step or any other test your local school district takes.

If you choose to take the school district's test, you need only to take the mathematics and language art sections. You must test on their timetable.


Tests can be purchased from several sources:

Bayside School Services:  www.baysideschoolservices.com

Bob Jones University Testing Services:  www.bjupress.com/testing/

Family Learning Organization:  www.familylearning.org

Seton Home Study School:  www.setonhome.org

Thurber's Educational Assessments:  www.thurbers.net