Annual Homeschool Testing – The CAT

Many states require some form of testing or evaluation to show that homeschooled kids are learning. A great place to easily check the laws in your state – or a state you may move to – is HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association.)

For my state of New Hampshire, we are required to submit an annual evaluation of our children’s progress. It can be a written evaluation by a certified teacher or a national achievement test.

We do testing each year, in the form of the CAT or California Achievement Test. I usually like to do it in April because it’s a good, almost-done point in the year. We did the test a couple weeks ago. I think Nathan did pretty well and we’ll see when the results come in. It’s always a relief to have that completed and then I feel like we’re really almost done for the year once the CAT test is finished.

Here’s a few pictures of our mornings of the CAT testing:

Nathan wasn’t doing the timed portion of the test here (I wouldn’t be that crazy and distract him with taking a picture!) Here he was just doing the practice instruction page.

Emily was my good little helper and played with the little boys upstairs so I could do testing with Nathan in (relative) peace.

Joshua played with his trucks:

And Lukey got excited over a “new” toy I pulled out from the closet:

If you homeschool, does your state require testing or evaluation? What do you do?

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Erika is a happily married mom with four energetic children. With a love for Jesus, photography, organizing, and encouraging other moms, she stays busy and definitely does not have it all together.


  1. so glad we do not have that requirement in Florida! We are enrolled in an unschooling homeschool program, I only have to have my son homeschooled 180 days out of the year and we surpass that because we homeschool all year round. I do keep a portfolio. I think in 3rd grade I will have him evaluated through our homeschool group.

    • It’s interesting to hear how different families do it. I wish we didn’t have to do the testing every year – I think every three years like the public schools do it is fine, but at the same time, Nathan always does great, so it is a nice reminder that we’re doing a good job.

  2. I just stumbled on you site. I don’t have a website. i couldn’t skip that option so i put yours in it. I am wondering if you are the one testing you own kids? how do you do that? in wv. We have to have a state certified teacher person to evaluated or test the children with a specific test. I am starting my first year of official homeschooling, we will probably do a portfolio evaluation. my kid would so stress if she had to test. then again she is in kindergarten I do not have to have her enrolled until she is six, but i would rather her her enrolled where she is at in school. my poor kids have been home schooled since they were born, think they are used to it by now.

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