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No Educator Left Behind:
Home Schools

No Educator Left Behind is a series providing answers from the U.S. Department of Education to questions about the federal No Child Left Behind Act and how it will affect educators. If you have a question about No Child Left Behind, send an e-mail to Ellen Delisio, and we will submit your question to the Department of Education.


Do NCLB provisions, such as testing in grades 3 to 8, affect home schools?


No. Nothing in the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) act affects a home school or permits any federal control over any aspect of a home school, whether that home school is treated as a home school or a private school under state law. Students who are home schooled are not required to take any assessment referenced in NCLB. However, home school students may participate in NCLB programs and services, similar to private school students.

Read previous questions and answers in our No Educator Left Behind archive.