Information on homeschooling in Washington
Rules and regulations governing the practice of homeschooling in the state of Washington may differ from other states. Make sure a complete research is done to ensure you meet all requirements.
Washington state law recognizes the desire of some parents to seek a home-based instruction for their children. OSPI offers technical assistance to school districts that are working with parents seeking to exercise this educational right.
RCW 28A.200.011(1) states that each person whose child is receiving home-based instruction under RCW 28A.225.010(4) must file annually a signed declaration of intent that he or she is planning to cause his or her child to receive home-based instruction. The declaration is to be filed by September 15 of the school year or within two weeks of the beginning of any public school quarter, trimester, or semester with (1) the superintendent of the public school district within which the parent resides, or (2) the superintendent of a nonresident public school district that accepts the transfer, in which case, the student is considered a transfer student of the nonresident district.
Attendance mandatory — Age — Exceptions.
(1) All parents in this state of any child eight years of age and under eighteen years of age shall cause such child to attend the public school of the district in which the child resides and such child shall have the responsibility to and therefore shall attend for the full time when such school may be in session unless:
(a) The child is attending an approved private school for the same time or is enrolled in an extension program as provided in RCW 28A.195.010(4);
(b) The child is receiving home-based instruction as provided in subsection (4) of this section;
(c) The child is attending an education center as provided in chapter 28A.205 RCW
Home-based instruction -- Certain decisions responsibility of parent unless otherwise specified.
The state hereby recognizes that parents who are causing their children to receive homebased instruction under RCW 28A.225.010(4) shall be subject only to those minimum state laws and regulations which are necessary to insure that a sufficient basic educational opportunity is provided to the children receiving such instruction. Therefore, all decisions relating to philosophy or doctrine, selection of books, teaching materials and curriculum, and methods, timing, and place in the provision or evaluation of home-based instruction shall be the responsibility of the parent.
You are also required to have your child either tested or assessed annually. If you opt for testing, it is to be done with a standardized achievement test approved by the State Board of Education (listed on the back page of the booklet on the law, the SAT and CAT are two of them.) and "administered by a qualified individual." The other option is to have your child's academic progress assessed by a "certificated person who is currently working in the field of education." No additional specifics are given on how the assessment is to be administered