New York Homeschool
New York Homeschool Attendance Ages: Children that turn 6 years of age before December 1 of the current school year are eligible to enroll into a homeschool program within the state of New York.
New York Homeschool Required Days of Instruction: New York requires all homeschool students to receive at least 180 days. 900 hours per year for grades 1-6; 990 hours per year for grades 7-12 of in-class education.
New York Homeschool Required Subjects: New York home school students must learn the following subjects: :
Grades K through 12:
patriotism and citizenship, about substance abuse, traffic safety, fire safety
Grades 1 through 6:
arithmetic, reading, spelling, writing, English, geography, United States history, science, health, music, visual arts, and physical education
Grades 7 and 8:
English, history and geography, science, mathematics, physical education, health, art, music, practical arts, and library skills; (at least once in first 8 grades): United States and
New York history and constitutions;
Grades 9 through 12:
4 credits English, 4 credits of social studies-including American history, participation in government, and economics-2 credits of math, 2 credits of science, 1 credit of art or music, .5 credit of health, 2 credits of physical education, and 3 credits of electives.
These home school regulations require parents to do the following:
a. submit a notice of intent to home school to the district superintendent by July 1 (the beginning of the school year) annually, or within fourteen days of starting home schooling during the middle of a school year.
b. Fill out an Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP) form by August 15 or within four weeks of the receipt of the IHIP form from the school district (whichever is later), containing:
(1) The child’s name, age, and grade level
(2) A list of the syllabi, curriculum materials, textbooks, or a plan of instruction
(3) Dates for submission of quarterly reports
(4) Name of the persons giving instruction.
If a student will be meeting the educational requirements through full-time study at a degree-granting institution (at least 12 hours a semester) a statement indicating this must be included in the IHIP along with the subjects to be covered.
c. maintain records of attendance (180 days). These are only required to be submitted upon request
of the superintendent.
d. file quarterly reports giving
(1) the number of hours of instruction during quarter
(2) a description of the material covered in each subject, and
(3) a grade or narrative evaluation in each subject (the superintendent has no authority to judge the adequacy of these reports); and
e. file an annual assessment with the last quarterly report. The assessment can either be a normreferenced achievement test, or a written narrative evaluation.
New York Homeschool Standardized Testing Requirements
Homeschool students are required to participate in the New York Standardized testing process. The achievement test can be administered by a certified teacher or by another “qualified person.” A certified teacher, a home instruction peer group review panel, or other person can conduct the written narrative evaluation. A parent could potentially administer the achievement test or conduct the written narrative evaluation. However, unless the assessment is administered at the local public school or a registered nonpublic school the parent is to choose the individual with the consent of the superintendent. It's recommended that parents notify the superintendent of your choice in the third quarterly report.
For grades one through three, the written narrative evaluation may be used. In grades four through eight, the written narrative evaluation may be used every other year. Beginning with ninth grade, standardized testing must be done every year.
Standardized Testing Options: The parent can choose one of the following:
the Iowa Test of Basic Skills,
the California Achievement Test, the Stanford Achievement Test,
the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills,
the Metropolitan Achievement Test,
a State Education Department test,
or another test approved by the State Education Department (such as the PASS test) and have it administered at a place of the parents’choosing.
The test score is deemed to be adequate if the child’s composite score is above the 33rd percentile, or the child’s score reflects one academic year of growth compared to a test administered the prior school year.
A standardized test is required every other year between 4th through 8th grades and every year in high
school. (New York’s PEP test is not required for home school children).
New York Homeschool Teaching Qualifications
Instruction need only be given by a competent teacher. The parent does not need to be certified. A parent is deemed “competent” if the regulations above are followed.