Requirements For Homeschooling

Parents that have considered or are actively considering homeschooling their children must know the requirements for homeschooling laws in their respective state. It would be an exhaustive list to include each states requirements in a single blog post, however; I will attempt to group the states with similar requirements together:

Texas and 10 other states require no notice with regards to the intent to homeschool. 

  • Idaho
  • Alaska
  • Oklahoma
  • Missouri
  • Iowa
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Michigan
  • Connecticut
  • New Jersey

These states require parents ensure their children receive a proper education, but it is not necessary for parents to contact the state in order to seek permission to home educate their children.

Sixteen states throughout the United States have what is called “low regulation.” This simply means that a  parent is required to notify the state with an intent to homeschool. States requiring low regulation are as follows:

  • California
  • Nevada
  • Utah
  • Arizona
  • New Mexico
  • Wyoming
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Kansas
  • Arkansas
  • Mississippi
  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Delaware

There are 19 states that are considered to have “moderate regulation.” These states require a letter of intent to homeschool and a student evaluation or test scores for the verification of a students progress. These states are as follows:

  • Washington State
  • Oregon
  • Hawaii
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • Colorado
  • Louisiana
  • Florida
  • Tennessee
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Ohio
  • Maryland
  • Washington D.C.
  • New Hampshire
  • Maine

The final 5 remaining states have stringent laws for homeschooling. Parents are required to teach a state approved curriculum and send regular evaluations and test scores. These states are as follows:

  • Vermont
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Massachusetts

Obviously it is very important for any parent considering homeschooling their child to contact their respective state and verify their state’s requirements for homeschooling.  State laws can change frequently and it is your responsibility to know and understand yours.


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