Homeschooling regulations by state
HSLDA, a homeschooling advocacy organization, has created a map showing which states require the most regulation.
- States requiring no notice to the school district about homeschooling include Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Texas.
- States with low regulation include California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Delaware.
- States with moderate regulation (parental notification, plus test scores and/or professional student progress evaluations must be sent to the district) include Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Louisiana, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Maine, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
- States with high regulation (all the above regulations, plus other requirements — e.g., curriculum approval by the state, teacher qualification of parents or home visits by state officials) include Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.
- 4 states require homeschool parents to submit proof of immunization (MN, ND, PA, TN)
- 11 states require homeschooled students to be immunized but do not require homeschool parents to submit proof of immunization (CO, IL, IN, KS, KY, MT, NM, NC, TX, VA, WY)
- 9 states have multiple homeschool options with conflicting requirements (AK, FL, IA, LA, ME, MD, MI, NE, WA)
- 26 states do not require homeschoolers to be immunized (AL, AZ, AR, CA, CT, DE, GA, HI, ID, MA, MI, MO, NV, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, RI, SC, SD, UT, VT, WV, WI)
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VLA COMMENT: Should parents not submit an annual assessment, the school district has no evidence that instruction has been taking place and is obligated to report the situation as a case of suspected educational neglect.