Homeschool laws vary from state to state. Some states don’t require anything from you, not even a heads up that you are going to homeschool! But others can require quite a bit of paperwork.
HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) ranks states as having low, medium and high regulation. A low regulation state asks for notification that you are going to keep your child at home for schooling. A medium regulation state asks for notification and documentation of student progress. You can expect to submit both of these things and more if you live in a state with high regulation.
New York is an example of a state with high regulation. Here’s the list of requirements.
- Letter of intent
- Individualized Home Instruction Plan
- Attendance records
- Quarterly reports
- Annual assessment
Find out what your state requires by contacting your state department of education.
HSLDA has a map that shows how your homeschool laws measure up to other state laws in the country.