“Home education” in North Dakota is defined as “a program of education supervised by a child’s parent in accordance with the requirements of this chapter” (N.D. Cent. Code Section 15.1-23-01.)
North Dakota code related to home education requires that a parent file a statement of intent or fact with the superintendent of the child’s school district or, if there is no superintendent, with the county superintendent of schools for the child’s county of residence. The statement of intent to homeschool must be filed “at least fourteen days before beginning a home education or within fourteen days of establishing a child’s residence in a school district, and once each year thereafter.” The statement must include:
- The name and address of the child receiving home education;
- The child’s date of birth;
- The child’s grade level;
- The name and address of the parent who will supervise the home education;
- The qualifications of the parent who will supervise the home education;
- Any public school courses in which the child intends to participate and the school district offering the courses;
- Any extracurricular activities in which the child intends to participate and the school district or approved nonpublic school offering the activities; and
- The statement must be accompanied by a copy of the child’s immunization record and proof of the child’s identity as required by North Dakota Code section 12-60-26.
The North Dakota Century Code Home Education section was revised in 2011 to include the following requirements for parents who wish to supervise home education:
- The parent must be licensed to teach by the education standards and practices board or approved to teach by the education standards and practices board;
- The parent must hold at least a baccalaureate degree; OR
- The parent must have met or exceeded the cutoff score of a national teacher examination given in [North Dakota] or in any other state if [North Dakota] does not offer such a test; OR
- “A parent who does not meet the qualifications provided in section 15.1-23-03 [above] may supervise home education but must be monitored in accordance with section 15.1-23-07 for the first two years. If a child receiving home education obtains a basic composite standardized achievement test score below the fiftieth percentile nationally, the parent must be monitored for at least one additional school year and until the child receives a test score at or above the fiftieth percentile. If testing is not required by section 15.1-23-07 during the first two years of monitoring, the period of monitoring may not be extended, except upon the mutual consent of the parent and the monitor. If a parent completes the monitoring requirements of this section for one child, the parent may not be monitored with respect to other children for whom the parent supervises home education.”
- North Dakota home education “shall include instruction in those subjects required by law to be taught to public school students. The instruction must have a duration of at least four hours a day for a minimum of one hundred seventy-five days each year.”
- Parents supervising home education must “maintain an annual record of courses taken by the child and the child’s academic progress assessments, including any standardized achievement test results.”
- North Dakota homeschooled students in grades 4, 6, 8 and 10 are required to complete a standardized achievement test that is regularly used by their local school district or a standardized test that is nationally normed. You may claim exemption from the testing requirement if: (1) you object philosophically, morally or on a religious basis to the use of standardized tests and you notified your school district of this fact at the time you filed your original Statement of Intent; or (2) you hold a BA, are a licensed teacher or have met the “cutoff” score on a national teacher exam; and (3) you have notified your school district of this fact at the time you filed your original Statement of Intent.
Based on North Dakota law, a parent is allowed to homeschool a child with a developmental disability. Visit http://www.legis.nd.gov/cencode/t25c01-2.pdf for complete details.
Updated January 2018
North Dakota Homeschool State Laws Links:
- Online Private School Accredited in North Dakota
- North Dakota Department of Public Instruction/Home Education PDF
- North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
- North Dakota Homeschool Association
- Homeschool Support Groups in North Dakota
North Dakota Colleges:
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